Maneja Beto

Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud

by Deanne Sole

18 September 2006

 

Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud is a frustrating album. The first minute or so is extraordinary—imagine flamenco clapping performed by a steel pan band—but then the song forgets itself and begins to wander loosely in different directions, never getting anywhere. You want to shake it and shout, “Focus! Focus! Come on, you were doing so well! Please!”  Maneja Beto do this repeatedly: they seem to be charging toward brilliance, and then they pull back. Perhaps they had a flood of ideas and were democratically reluctant to leave any of them out. Perhaps they couldn’t think of a way to develop the great ideas once they had set them up. “Where do we go with ear-battering flamenco?” “I’m not sure; let’s try something else.” The album is also indulgently long. I wrote ‘self-indulgent’ but then changed it, because I realised that they were indulging me as well, the greedy listener who wants more and more and more for her money. Starve me a little, boys! Trimmed and sharpened, Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud could have been fabulous.

Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud

Rating:

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Call for Music Writers... Hip-Hop, Soul, Electronic, Rock, Indie, Americana, Jazz, World and More

// Announcements

"PopMatters is looking for smart music writers. We're looking for talented writers with deep genre knowledge of music and its present and…

READ the article