Monday, May 29, 2006

Ugliest Cover Art Ever!

Hola! I'm not sure I need to spend too much time talking about Kronos Quartet. I'll just say they're a String Quartet that does things their own way. I've always liked them and apparently the Library does too because they have a lot of stuff by them. I've seen a few of their things posted on other sites, but not this one, Kronos Quartet - Nuevo. I've always thought some of the best music is the hardest to describe, and Brother, this one must be great because I'm having a difficult time trying to describe it. The unifying theme here is Mexican music. You get some Classical, Mariachi, campy 50's Esquivel, and an 11 minute Cafe Tacuba collaboration that adds Modern to the musical soup. Oh yeah, there's even a spastic "Dance Remix" of the first song. All songs are oddly and wonderfully produced by Gustavo Santaolalla. Speaking of which, the first song is supposed to sound crappy, so don't kick your computer or anything crazy like that. All I can say is that there's a lot to like about Nuevo , it's quite good. It was even nominated for a Latin Grammy, but I'll be damned if I can figure out how they would even classify it. One thing's for certain, if there was a Grammy award for ugliest cover art, The Kronos Quartet would have been standing on stage doing lots of High-Fives and thanking the blind guy who stamped the design on the construction paper. So other than the hideous cover art, check it out and give your brain a little musical treat.
Kronos Quartet Home Page
Kronos Wiki
AMG Review - "Amazon UK calls it "foremost a party record," and when was the last time a classical disc got reviewed like that? Prepare to be amazed." (Escape Goat note: That reviewer must go to some bizarro parties)

Track List:
1. El Sinaloense
Composed by Severiano Briseno
2. Se Me Hizo Facil
Composed by Agustin Lara
with Luanne Warner
3. Mini skirt
Composed by Juan Garcia Esquivel
with Luanne Warner
4. El Llorar (Crying)
Composed by Traditional
with Alejandro Flores
5. Perfidia
Composed by Alberto Dominguez
6. Sensemaya, for orchestra
Composed by Silvestre Revueltas
with Tambuco
7. K'in sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadulupe (Festival for the Holy Mother Guadalupe)
Composed by Osvaldo Golijov
with Luanne Warner
8. Tabu (Taboo)
Composed by Margarita Lecuona
with Luis Conte
9. Cuatro milpas (Four Cornfields)
Composed by Belisario Garcia de Jesus, Jose Elizondo
10. Chavosuite
Composed by Ricardo Gallardo
11. Plasmaht
Composed by Ariel Guzik
12. Nacho verduzco
Composed by Chalino Sanchez
13. 12/12
Composed by Cafe Tacuba
with Cafe Tacuba
14. El Sinaloense (Dance Mix)

Quick Stats:
Kronos Quartet - Nuevo
90 MB
192 kbps (lame)
pw = CrapNuevo


At 5/30/2006 2:13 PM, Blogger Zero G Sound said...

Your public library is a pleasure. Thanks for your interesting blog!

At 5/30/2006 3:15 PM, Blogger Escape Goat said...

Why thanks.
I try to keep it as, "WTF" as possible.
By the Way, thanks for the Ray Barretto.

At 5/30/2006 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, this is not so ugly. It would be a graet idea to do a special good cds with horrible covers. My winner: Sabres of Paradise "Sabresonic"

At 6/01/2006 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a really eclectic mix on your fantastic blog.
Many thanks.

At 6/01/2006 9:38 PM, Blogger Escape Goat said...

Hello anonymous 1.
Actually, that isn't that bad of an idea. You could probably set up a blog and do it. Maybe add some kind of voting functionality to the site.
Hardly scientific, but it can't be any sillier than every other magazine doing their best of and worst of lists every other week.
Thanks for the comment, drop by anytime.

At 6/01/2006 9:41 PM, Blogger Escape Goat said...

Anonymous 2,
thanks, I'm having fun doing this. I'm glad you like some of the stuff I put up.

At 9/28/2006 4:00 AM, Anonymous Simon said...

Ugliest cover art ever? I think not. Have you seen "Bandwagonesque" by Teenage Fanclub?


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