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Mirabal
Robert Mirabal
Mirabal
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop, Rock
 
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The promotional sticker slapped on the jewel case for the Mirabal CD advertises it as an "Alter-Native album." This pun cleverly summarizes the artistic strategy of a Native American who holds onto his tribal roots even as...  more »

      
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All Artists: Robert Mirabal
Title: Mirabal
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warner Bros / Ada
Original Release Date: 7/8/1997
Release Date: 7/8/1997
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop, Rock
Styles: North America, Native American, Meditation
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093624634423, 093624634447

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The promotional sticker slapped on the jewel case for the Mirabal CD advertises it as an "Alter-Native album." This pun cleverly summarizes the artistic strategy of a Native American who holds onto his tribal roots even as he embraces modern rock. Robert Mirabal (who uses only his last name on stage) still lives in the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, where he grew up listening to traditional American Indian music around the house and rock & roll on the radio. He got his start in music playing flute instrumentals in new age arrangements in the style of R. Carlos Nakai and Bill Miller, but on Mirabal he fuses the two musics of his youth. Helping him do it is producer Michael Wanchic (John Mellencamp's former guitarist), Kenny Aronoff (Mellencamp's ex-drummer), and Mark Andes (former bassist for Spirit). They take the Tiwa rhythms of Mirabal's ethnic background and pump them up with emphatic backbeats and bluesy guitar riffs. Over these rumbling beats, Mirabal adds his fluttering, breathy flute solos and his vocals, both spoken recitations and sung melodies. The results inevitably recall John Trudell, another American Indian who fused tribal themes and rock & roll with striking effect, but Mirabal is less political and more personal than his predecessor. When Mirabal sings in the voice of a "Medicine Man," for example, he laments that he can "razzle dazzle ghosts," but "can't manage your love for me." On "Sundance Love," he turns a nature hymn into an erotic ballad. The album's centerpiece is a marvelously detailed 10-minute narrative about "Tony & Allison," a pair of young Navajos who go on a crime spree across the Southwest; it ends with Allison wondering how she drifted so far from the tribal virtues of her childhood and how she can get back there. --Geoffrey Himes

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Ordering our THIRD copy because we've worn the first 2 out!
Tammy Kinkade | Defiance, Ohio United States | 04/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You heard right - our third copy! As far as my husband and I are concerned, no Native American artist can compare to Robert Mirabal. No other artist moves you the way he does. No one else writes lyrics and music that bring out feelings like he does. And his performances are better than anyone I've ever seen - of any genre. This isn't your "father's" music - this is a cultural breakthrough for the Native American community - one that should have been a crossover long before country made the crossover move. If you haven't heard his music, you have no idea what you're missing, or how his music can move you - over and over!"
When there is suffering, there is the dance...
C & G Geder | Santa Fe, NM | 05/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"That's what slayed me. Marabal got me with that line. Get this CD, visit the Taos Pueblo, thin out your music collection, and DANCE. This is one of those seminal pieces of music that belongs on everyone's shelf. Next, check out Taos Tales."
MIRABAL
Johnson Greene | Kotzebue Ak 99752 | 07/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I THINK THIS IS HIS BEST WORK RIGHT NEXT TO -TAOS TALES- THE DANCE SONG IS AWSOME AND THE MEDICINE MAN SONG IS GREAT THE LYRICS AND MUSIC IS THE WORK OF AN ARTIST BREAKING NEW GROUND IN NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC TO THE NEXT LEVEL BUT HE STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO BUT HE IS ON HIS WAY..."