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Dreaming From The Labyrinth
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock, Latin Music
Dreaming from the Labyrinth/Sonar del Laberinto, is unlike anything San Antonio singer Tish Hinojosa has done before. Hinojosa has largely abandoned the folk and country roots of her earlier songwriting--and the understate... more »
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Dreaming from the Labyrinth/Sonar del Laberinto, is unlike anything San Antonio singer Tish Hinojosa has done before. Hinojosa has largely abandoned the folk and country roots of her earlier songwriting--and the understated arrangements and descriptive lyrics that come with those traditions. Instead she has opted for an atmospheric, impressionistic art-rock that has more in common with Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan than such previous reference points as Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. This produces such awful examples of pseudo-poetry as "We'll sail upon a wind that blows above a misty sea, dancing barefoot on the soft earth touching edges of a dream" and such static, tuneless meditations as "Prisonary Life." Hinojosa switches back and forth between Spanish and English within each song, but self-indulgence sounds the same in either language. --Geoffrey Himes
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Kerry Dexter | USA south | 07/19/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tish Hinojosa is known for her graceful use of southwestern images. In this disc, she brings those visions from the concrete to the landscape of the spirit and the imagination. Rather than describing the cowboy riding the range or the dancer twirling in the firelight (as she's done skillfully in earlier recordings), this time out Hinojosa writes what they might be dreaming as they look into those flickering flames. It's an emotionally and intellectually challenging group of songs to which you can return again and again and always hear something new. It doesn't sound exactly like Hinojosa's more country or folk directed albums, but it just may turn out to be her masterpiece. In any case, it's a journey you should share."
Change in direction for Tish
dqb | 12/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This collection is not like Tish's previous stuff, which was also good, but was more country/western. This one is unique and it is among my top ten all-time favorite albums. It is done with alternating English and Spanish versus, reflecting Tish's cultural background, which, I think, produces a special kind of passion in the music. I hope this is only the beginning of Tish's new style."
My favorite Tish Hinojosa album
kravdraa | Tucson, AZ USA | 11/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Have you ever heard an album or song in a language you don't understand that you really liked due to the singer's voice? Have you been a little (just a little) frustrated that you don't know what the words mean? I have a number of these in my collection representing many different cultures and languages.In this album Tish Hinojosa gives you culture with understanding as she seamlessly shifts between spanish and english lyrics within the same song. This could be really hokey or childish, but Tish pulls it off wonderfully... So much so that you often don't even detect the shift in language and really feel like you are also understanding the spanish lyrics. An amazing effect!As in her other albums, Tish's voice and lyrics are excellent. Some of her other albums lean more toward country, still good, but I prefer this album since it has less (no?) country music influence (just my personal taste).This is my favorite album of all of Tish's so far.I highly recommend it to anyone who is intrigued by Mexico and/or hispanic music but who may not know spanish."