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Gipsy Kings


Review by Gary Hill

This album features world music with lyrics in various languages. There are some instrumentals here, but most tracks have vocals. There is a good range of sounds and styles across the basic concept. There are also tunes that are more effective than others. All in all, though, this works quite well.

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Track by Track Review
La Campana
Acoustic guitar starts this. The track works out to a fast-paced arrangement with plenty of world music in the mix.
Up-tempo Latin music is on the menu here. This is a fun tune that works well.
While not a huge change, this seems to have more passion and power. Given the competition, that says a lot.
The Dream Is Gone
Mellower, this instrumental is intricate and beautiful. It is very evocative.
Chica Del Sol
We're back into the faster paced territory here. The vocal arrangement on this seems to really take things to another level. This is a great tune that I'd consider one of the highlights of the set.
Mundo Loco
While this is not quite a ballad, it is a bit less driving and intense as some of the rest here. It's a solid tune, but not a standout.
Another instrumental, this has a fun groove and great energy. It's one of the highlights of the disc for me. There is some smoking hot fast paced guitar work.
Expressive, expansive and evocative, this number has a real sense of power and magic to it. It sits along the line between mellower and more powered up, at times crossing from one to the other.
Energetic and bouncy, this is a fun romp. The vocals on this don't always work for me.
Fiesta Pa Qui
I really like the energy and Latin groove of this song. It's another standout number.
Notes En El Aire
This instrumental starts with an extended acoustic guitar solo. Other elements join as it continues. This reminds me of Al Di Meola to some degree, and it's really a great piece of music. I'd consider it a highlight of the disc. 

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