Eduardo Razquin | San Francisco, California | 10/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard the song " La Flaca" back in 1997 in Spain, I was struck by its catchy sounding lyrics and its rhythm and beat. I knew right away this song was a winner. The only thing I wasn't sure of was who is singing it, I initially thought Juan Perro from Radio Futura, but after asking around that was ruled out. It wasn't until I went to a record store in Bilbao that I found out it was Jarabe de Palo. Who is he? I never heard of him before, that's right he's a new artist from Barcelona, but the singer is named something else (Pau Dones). At that time I realized Spain had a new star in the making someone who could easily upstage Joaquin Sabina, El Ultimo de la Fila (Manolo Garcia y Quimi Portet), Radio Futura (Juan Perro), etc. And that is what has happened, people throughout Spain have been obsessed with "La Flaca" never seeming to get enough of it, it was being played everywhere. This album has other great songs such as El Bosque de Palo, El Lado Oscuro, Dueno de mi Silencio and so on. So don't hesitate and treat yourself to the best thing that hit Spain musically in 1997 and buy this great album."
Patty Vega | San Juan Capistrano, CA | 03/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"La música y las letras son increíbles, este CD no tiene pérdida. Lo compré para regalar y terminé comprando otro para mi. No te lo pierdas. The music and lyrics are amazing, especially if you are a native Spanish speaker. They are even more impressive if you are familiar with the group's intended messages. They might let down people who try to literally translate them, but anyone who knows anything about languages could assume as much from any kind of direct translation. It is a great CD, you will not regret it."
You can't get this one out of your head!
Juevos Grandes | Chicago, IL | 01/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I traveled throughout South America for a couple of years in the late 90's. There was no shortage of music blaring in night clubs and on the radio, but the one song I couldn't shake was the title track from this CD. I had no idea who sang it and when I finally caught the name I had to buy it. Turns out the whole CD is solid pop/rock, a good addition for your international section!"
Like a gentle massage
Enrique Torres | San Diegotitlan, Califas | 05/22/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"American audiences may just be catching on to Spanish export because of some catchy commercials floating through the air waves featuring "La Flaca." There is a hook to Jarabe de Palo's style that makes the crossover in media very easy. His singing style is reminiscent of Juan Perro and his backup musicians play a variety of easy going pop styles. The star quality of the disc is the voice of JDP. It is one that makes an unfamiliar song sound at once quite familiar. The best illustration of this phenomena is the title track "La Flaca" which once you have heard it once will stayin your brain for days and become a part of you. It is as though you have heard the song before immediately. I guess this is why there are "radio friendly" songs as this one got a lot of airplay a few years back and continues to this day on the roc en Espanol stations. The band is tight in a loose way for a relaxed groove that fluctuates between a jazzy blues guitar rhythms, accoustic bliss and in general a soothing bit of pop balladry that features the unique Castellano vocals according to PDJ. "La Flaca" is featured twice, the accoustic version is a showcase for the vocals of JDP and finishes the set quite appropriately as that song will be playing in your head for days and years to come. Recommended for rockeros that enjoy their roc music to be in a gentle vein sometimes."