Agnieszka S. from DES PLAINES, IL Reviewed on 6/22/2010...
Fantastic -- whoever heard it in my car, wanted to borrow it! Groovy, with beat, beautiful voices, jazzy. One of my favorites.
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Not as diverse as World Lounge but still good
treestamp | 06/07/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the follow-up to Putumayo's World Lounge, and it covers pretty much the same electronica-gone-global ground. Despite collecting artists from across the continent -- from Belgium to Turkey -- it is somewhat less diverse than its predecessor; about a third of the selected artists are not very distinguishable from each other, as they tend to employ the same methods of intregrating electronica with pop and folk elelments. Nonetheless, there are stand-outs in the mix and the notables are German-Chilean duo Mambotur, Italian songster Daniele Silvestri, and young spanish innovator Mastretta, whose songs each are colorful, humorous and distinctive, helping add a bit of balance to the steady chill-out factor of the overall album. Other attention grabbers: Turk Ilhan Ersahin, whose track "Girl" is a lovely, lush blend of electronica and Middle Eastern elements, topped off with sweetly Bjorkesque vocalist Nil Karamibrahumgil; and septugenarian songtress Vanja Lazarova, whose traditional folk stylings mix impressively well with fellow Macedonian and technopopster Kiril's electronica backdrop.In keeping with Putumayo's high standard for producing worthwhile compilations, all the music presented on this album is of quality and none of the tracks are truly bad (admittedly, however, I can pass on Bossa Nostra's English-lyric'd "Jackie" and Arling & Cameron's overextended "Voulez-vous?"). So even if some of the tracks, when pitted against each other, show some limitations, I can easily recommend this to anyone who interested in the latest trends in world music. And besides, it's still hipper than anything you'll hear on The Gilmore Girls."
P. Alther | 04/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD does a good job as Putumayo's second installment to their lounge CD collections. With beats from all across Europe, this CD goes to the heart of Euro-Lounge music. This is one of the best lounge CDs I've had the pleasure of listening to and am quite impressed with it. Also, the cover art-work, in my opinion, is very cool. I verily recommend this album to any and all who are fans of this type of music."
Gets you in the mood...
K. Sheets | san francisco, ca | 01/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i discovered this cd while browsing in a small shop in kapa'a, kauai. we spent the rest of our holiday listening to the gentle beats of salpica and limbe. i am addicted. when we got home, i promptly purchased an s-tone and mambatour albums - we were not disappointed!"
One of Putumayo's better European compilations
Amaranth | Northern California | 06/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Europe is a mixed bag musically,despite all the disparate countries now being the European Union.This explains the varying quality of Putumayo's European compilations;while I enjoy "Greece:A Musical Odyssey",with its combination of modern&traditional elements as well as "Athens to Andalucia",I find "Paris"&"French Cafe" sappy&annoying.
So it is with "Euro Lounge." The Lounge series is one of Putumayo's best series."Euro Lounge" isn't the strongest,but it's still good.It has a continental sensibility,reflecting France,Italy,the Netherlands,Spain--and even Macedonia&Turkey.
Highlights- 1)Un Simple Histoire-Thievery Corporation adds its own trip hop twist to chanson. 2)Limbe-An ethereal composition from Italy.It's also got bhangra,which makes it worthy. 3)Salpica-A funny techno Latino tune.Mambotur has a sense of fun.Now I should get some Senor Coconut,with his techno Latino twist of Kraftwerk with his "El Baile Aleman." 4)Girl-A mysterious,jazzy tune from Turkey.Smooth Turkish jazz--it's Turkish delight. 5)Sweet Sadness-Another easygoing,bittersweet tune from Italy. 6)Stojne Bre Mome Kocansko-A hypnotic tune sung by a septuganerian from Macedonia. 7)El Ultimo Habitante del Planeta-A humorous tune from Spain,complete with a theremin fit for a '50s sci-fi movie. 8)Voulez-vous?-Arling&Cameron at their cheesy best.
"Sempre de domenica"&"Non Sarai Mai" are okay compositions from Italy.
While not the best of Putumayo's Lounge CDs,it is one of their better European compilations.It's a relaxing CD,fit to accompany tapas&Sangiovese."