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Caramelo

Ride

(Self-released; US: 6 Jan 2012; UK: 6 Jan 2012)

Solid flamenco-indebted funk.

Caramelo’s Ride is a bizarre trip through an eclectic variety of styles, while always maintaining steeped in funk and flamenco. The genre overlap is an exciting one at first, but the premise wears a little thin as Ride progresses. Taken on a song-by-song basis, each track is a triumph, though after a while, it can get a little exhausting. Fortunately, Caramelo is sensible enough to tap the brakes and reign things in every now and again so as not to over-exhaust the listener.


Ride is also mercifully short, letting the songs pull themselves, one by one, to their maximum potential while never becoming overwhelming. The real highlight of Ride is “Peligroso”, which is a masterfully orchestrated track that embodies and displays the group’s aesthetic to the fullest. The best thing you can do with Ride is turn it on and dance.

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Steven is a writer, musician, and filmmaker from Wisconsin who has spent his fair share of time in the entertainment trenches. He frequently contributes reviews and interviews to Playground Misnomer, which can be accessed here: http://www.playgroundmisnomer.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @unbusyinwi.


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