Album: Rhythms del Mundo, Revival (Transmission)
Friday 13 August 2010
This latest charity compilation of made-over pop hits in an Afro-Cuban style has some routine examples of unimaginative salsa-fication (Wyclef Jean's "Stayin' Alive"), but mercifully they're outnumbered by the more apt transformations of things like Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc", Groove Armada's timbale-rattling "Superstylin'", and Dizzee Rascal's "Holiday", its new Caribbean setting perfectly in line with its vacation theme.
Even Coldplay's "Clocks" profits from the insertion of a staccato offbeat in to its piano hook, while K T Tunstall plays Grace Slick as Bebel Gilberto on a samba version of "Somebody To Love". The biggest sales hook, though, is Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall", transformed here by horns and shuffling percussion into something akin to a norteño ballad.
DOWNLOAD THIS A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall; Holiday; Feel Good Inc; Somebody To Love
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