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Norberto Lobo

Pata Lenta

(Mbari Musica; US: 19 Sep 2009; UK: Import)

Portuguese guitar virtuoso Norberto Lobo crafts a gorgeous blend of international playing styles on his second solo album, Pata Lenta. Playing both six- and 12-string guitar, his combination of the avant-folk blues fingerpicking style of the Takoma Records and the forlorn romanticism of Spanish “Duende” music is nothing short of a hug for your ears, especially upon hearing such fluid compositions as “Zumbido Azedo” and “Do Alto Da Faia”. However, it’s Lobo’s radical rendition of Björk’s “Unravel”, transforming the lush, string-laden Homogenic gem into a lovely, John Fahey-esque porchside ballad that literally redefines the song’s beauty. Pata Lenta is a rich, soulful guitar album that should only serve as a sign of great things to come from this most talented scholar of his craft.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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