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Libres Y Locos
Gran Silencio
Libres Y Locos
Genres: Rap & Hip-Hop, Rock, Latin Music
 
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El Gran Silencio are not the first Mexican group to rap, but they are the first to put together a truly Mexican hip-hop fusion. With trumpet, accordion, acoustic guitar, and violin carrying the instrumental weight, and rhy...  more »

      
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All Artists: Gran Silencio
Title: Libres Y Locos
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Ares
Release Date: 3/9/1999
Genres: Rap & Hip-Hop, Rock, Latin Music
Styles: Pop Rap, Latin Pop, Latin Rock, Urban, Latin Hip-Hop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 618681003823

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El Gran Silencio are not the first Mexican group to rap, but they are the first to put together a truly Mexican hip-hop fusion. With trumpet, accordion, acoustic guitar, and violin carrying the instrumental weight, and rhythms ranging from vallenato to norteño styles, they provide a rootsy underpinning for their energetically urban and streetwise beats and vocals. Hailing from the northern center of Monterrey, the group tips its hat to Mexican tradition with wry insouciance. On the one semiballad, "Creaturas de Luz," the members prove that they can play pretty when they care to, but most of the time they hit hard, instantly establishing themselves as a group to be reckoned with in the rock en español world. --Elijah Wald

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Freestyle Norteno
Enrique Torres | San Diegotitlan, Califas | 04/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"El Gran Silencio debut CD is without a doubt one of the freshest sounds to come out of Mexico in years. The band hails from Monterey, one of the industrial giants of Mexico but the music is not industrial. This album has flavors that are distinct and masterfully blended to create a beautiful musical stew, una mezcla de variedad. Cumbias, Nortenas, Folkloric, Polka, Hip-Hop, Punk, Cypress Hill meets LA Banda Fulano, Los Lobos meets Kid Rock, Rage against the Machine meets the Cumbia All Stars, this band is truly a master of synthsizing all the best elements of diverse styles. Who would have thought that Nortena and polka could have been blended with blistering punk and hip-hop? EGS has done just that and more. At times one wonders if the same band is playing throughout as they take the acoustic route on Creatura de Luz to create some lovely music with fine harmonious singing and chorus that compliments the tight violin work featured. Tonta Cancion de Amor No.2(Stupid Love Song#2) is a catchy tune that has mainstream pop all over it. Several highlights include Dormir Sonando,No Sabemos Amar and the title track Libres Y Locos which is a fine blend of Folklorico that rises to a smashing cresendo of guitar riffs and hip-hopish vocals that rock."Somos Mexicanos,orgullosos y sabrosos,somos silenciosos, somos Libres y Locos, somos unidos, no somos desunidos". Pickitup, pickitup, pickitup!"