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I'm currently checking out the Love, Peace and Poetry range of albums, Volume 2 explores psychedelic tracks from across Latin America.
The first two tracks start off worryingly wishy washy but the album begins to come into its own and I thoroughly enjoyed Lagonia's "I'm so glad" and "We All Together" by Tomorrow, one part where Latin American music struggles to match its European and American cousins are that the vocals tend to be a bit too sweet sounding for the ballsy garage vocals that are needed to compliment the fuzzy, wiry guitar sounds.
Los Gatos sound like a watered down version of Pink Floyd and Kissing Spell and Traffic Sound seem to have a bit of a country hippy sound, there's really quite a variation on your typical psychedelic nugget album. A lot of the tracks tend to be sung in English and quite often badly, it's not ideal however when they sing in Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese - particularly the latter seems too smoochy for the kind of music that is playing along.
Its certainly quite a bit different from the Latinamericarpet album more catchier than that and its softer on the ears than the raw sound of Peruvian beat bands like Los Saicos but there's still something missing and this band draws from talent from Venezuela down to Argentina and Peru but there's not a track on it that really grabs you and shakes you about, much of it seems a bit to prog-rock orientated and either too slow or gentle depending on the track in question.
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Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Trema De Potato - Almendra
2 Someday - Lagonia
3 I'm So Glad - Lagonia
4 Colours - Kaleidoscope (1)
5 Tomorrow - We All Together
6 Cuanda Llegue El Ano 2000 - Los Gatos
7 Yellow Moon - Kissing spell
8 Virgin - Traffic Sound
9 Obertura - Traffic Sound
10 Trouble Child - Lagonia
11 De La Gente Sola - Los Mach's
12 Oscar Wilde - Los Vidrois Queadros
13 Super God - Som Imaginario
14 People - Ladies WC
15 Degrees - Los Mach's
16 It's Over - Dug Dug's