Estrella Morente - My Songs & A Poem (CD)

Estrella Morente

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    1. Performer
    2. International
    3. Latin
    Number of Discs
    Number of Items
    My Songs and a Poem
    Country of Origin
    EMI Music Distribution
    Mono / Stereo

    Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.75) - Ranked #6 in Mojo's "Best World Albums of 2002"
    Mojo (Publisher) (3/02, p.112) - "...Easy on the ear and thorughly passionate..."

    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Cockles (Alegrias)
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] At The Top Of The Cerro De Palomares
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Moguer (Bulerias)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] The Night (Solea)
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Bulerias Of The Bola
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Alcazaba (Media Granaina)
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] For Pastora (Sevillanas)
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Pilgrims (Buleria)
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Why Do You Deny The Frenzy (Malaguena)
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Pepico's Tangos
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Solea Grana
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Gallery (Taranta)
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Let Sunday Come (Buleria)
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] The Flames Reach The Sky (Taranta)
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Cockles - (alegrias)
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] At the Top of the Cerro de Palomares - (tangos)
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Moguer - (bulerias)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Night, The - (solea)
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Bulerias of the Bola
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Alcazaba - (medio granaina)
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] For Pastora - (sevillanas)
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Pilgrims - (buleria)
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Why Do You Deny the Frenzy? - (malaguena)
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Pepico's Tangos
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Solea Grana
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Gallery - (taranta)
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Let Sunday Come - (buleria)
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Flames Reach the Sky, The - (taranta)
    World / International
    Release Date
    18 February 2002
    South Africa

    Engineers: Oscar Clavel, Harold Burgon, Mario G. Albeni.
    When Peter Gabriel's label, Realworld, began its production and distribution deal with Narada productions in the late '90s, many thought it was the end, given Narada's predilection for schlock new age recordings. The naysayers turned out to be blowing smoke. Partially as a result of this collaboration between label and distributor, Realworld has been able to issue even more recordings that stick closely to Gabriel's original vision. Flamenco singer Estrella Morente's My Songs and a Poem is a case in point. Rather than deal with world music revisionism, or the straitjacket of authenticity, this recording, like many on the label, offers a new look at an ancient music with its roots still deeply embedded in the Andalusian soil. Ms. Morente's voice is full of adventurous twists and turns and sharp shifts in both tempo and color. Accompanied by the genius guitarist Alfred Lagos and a small regiment of palmas (handclaps), Ms. Morente uses both contemporary and classical forms to get at the roots of all flamenco: its passion. While the song titles are in English, as are the translations in the sleeve notes, her singing is done in a pure, modern, and unadorned Spanish. Her tales and poems -- as evidenced by the opening track "Cockles," in which a sailor crosses not only oceans but time to glimpse his true love once more -- are full of the drip of heartbreak, the fury of unrequited lust, the flash of anger at betrayal, and the unmitigated joy of reunion and solidarity. In "Why Do You Deny the Frenzy," Morente cracks the shell of reserve, of all restraint, and admonishes her would-be lover: "What have you got against me?/Why do you deny the frenzy?/You torture your body/You are killing yourself alone/And I am tormented." Lagos' guitar is the perfect foil, his extended chords, sharply arpeggiated single lines, and percussive footwork push her to the brink in songs of lust, of devotion, of mourning and grief and bring to bear the complexities of modern life into ancient hallways. Morente responds not with empathy, but with abandon; she takes risks with her voice and her delivery, pushing syllables over the edges of accepted line breaks for the effect of transferring the depth of emotion honestly. There are 14 songs here, and not a one of them gives up its dense mystery easily. However, as in most music, the notion of feeling is enough, the sheer passion and pathos that emanates from Ms. Morente's singing and her accompanists will carry the listener into a realm of unexpected pleasure and stirring. As she closes the set with "The Flames Reach the Sky," she sings the album's only falsity -- at least metaphorically: "And the flames reach the sky/And the fire has been started/And whatever anybody thinks/I won't burn for you..." The reason for the falsity is twofold: Clearly she burns for this music and this material, and the other is that you, too, the listener, will burn for it in a way you never thought possible should you chance to bring this gorgeous, dangerous recording into your collection. ~ Thom Jurek

    Date Released
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Video Disabled
    Estrella Morente
    1. Morente, Estrella
    52m 25s
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