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Orquesta Reciclando by Jarabe de Palo
Released: May 2009
Label: Nacional Records
Jarabe de Palo got several Latin Grammy nods for this 2009 album, which got its U.S. release in 2012, and it's easy to hear why. This is warm, homey adult-alt, driven by guitars ranging from grungily contemplative to sunnily Santana-esque, jaunty saxes, strolling keys and especially, Pau Donés' easy vocals. If the sax feels a bit dated at times, a funky bass or Hammond organ assures that this is, indeed, '70s-leaning vintage (see the one-two funk punch of "Bonito" and "Pura Sangre," or the solid-gold salsa that's everywhere) -- a vibe that starts to take over in the album's second half.
Rachel Devitt
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