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Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
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LadybirdGem ,

Disappointing 2nd Album

Try to find "Songs from the Tin" their first album. So much more original and less churned out than this one.

Greylock ,

What happened?

Utter disappointment. From ,their brilliantly conceived album, "Songs From The Tin" to this. Seriously, what's going on.

mondo_ii ,

Serious= Evolution=Growth= Great Album!

First off, 'Songs From The Tin' will forever be high on my list of Brasillian music CDs. That said 'Serious' follows it's predecessor musically and more so conceptually. First, as an open letter from the Third World to the Western World. Second, it's a representation of the genre-busting and cross-pollination that is the London music scene. The guest performers are perfect examples of both points. There are more influences that seem to encompass Afro beat and Soca rhythms from Africa. With that in mind, the album draws on the similarities between the two cultures (Brasillian and African). The bittersweet duet of Nina Miranda and Baaba Maal on "Distracted Minds" has Third World(Latin and African) voices questioning the existential priorities of the "civilized" Western world. While the brilliant Jhelisa(an American vocalist living in London) croons her open letter of reluctance to Blair and Bush over broken beats on 'Reeling'. Jhelisa and Nina team up to bring vocals reminiscent of Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 on 'Something', taking a stab at emotional and material consumption. The energetic rhythm of flute and beat on 'Firefly' has the listener running through some tropical jungle that's wild and peaceful. Brasil is represented by Pedro Martin's vocals over a bossa nova track with intricate guitar work and a semi- beat box vocal to keep the rhythm. The production still blends the acoustic with the digital. 'Songs from Tin' (Yin) was an album reflecting the innocent, hopefull, folkloric aspects of Brasilian culture, Da Lata's follow up is a "Serious" (Yang) more tech-heavy, non compliant response to a post 9/11 world climate.Their objective is still the same- expand the musical blueprint and provide the soul with fresh honest music that unites. It's a great world CD or a great electronic CD......Other guests include Classic House crooner Courtney Denni and Bugz In the Attic, 4Hero, Politik vocalist Bembe Segue. For those looking for more Liliana and Oli look for the Negrocan and Arakatuba albums. For Nina Miranda check out Smoke City, Arkestra One, Shrift and Zeep.

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