Foot-stomping rhythms and lyrics make up this return-to-authentic-conjunto album by Flaco Jimenez, perhaps the genre’s best-known ambassador.
The party song ˝Borracho No. 1˝ kicks off the proceedings, and it is immediately evident that this is music from the heart of San Antonio’s West Side, where there isn’t a synthesizer in sight for miles.
Everything here is genuine, from the accordion and bajo sexto tandem to the blues-tinged lyrics of surviving tough times.
Other great cuts include the swinging ˝Mala Movida,˝ on which Jimenez amazes with his quivering accordion leads, and the instrumentals ˝Tico Taco Polka˝ and ˝Swiss Polka,˝ on which Jimenez gets full workouts.
Also invigorating is the blood-rushing ranchera ˝Contigo Nomas,˝ a tale of love practiced as devotion driven along by whip-sharp percussion.
(Ramiro Burr - amazon.com)