A different approach to world music
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I heard a Mano Negra album I thought these guys were outrageous!That album was Puta's Fever and I've been hooked on them ever since. Their sound is a crazy mix of all kinds of music and beats- from rock, to salsa and middle eastern. Heck-I can't even identify all the musical references since they often blend styles (but I would guess there is something very cajun at the beginning of "Voodoo"...). The lyrics range from complete silliness (Magic Dice) to social criticism (Indios de Barcelona)-after all, these are the same guys who went around South America offering free concerts in poor metropolitan areas and backlands! "Pas Assez de Toi" is one of my favorites- it's a more rock n' roll kind of song about being bitter after a break-up...it's got plenty of dark humor in it...These guys sing in English, Spanish, French and Arabic (sometimes a few of these all at once). They're a lot of fun, they're smart and I think there is something for every listener."
A totally original classic, but not perfect
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Puta's Fever" is the only Mano Negra release in USA, and one of the first things that I noticed upon listening was the strange production. Many songs sound like they were recorded live in a concert hall without an audience. But what is the music like? Imagine Latin polkas on methamphetamines with a little surf-guitar added on top. A whole pile of styles and languages are utilized (English, French, Spanish, and even Farsi) and the only real reason I don't give it five stars is that the newest album, "Casa Babylon", is near perfect and far superior. Still, with songs like "Pas Assez de Toi" and "Guayaquil City", "Puta's Fever" is one of the most interesting albums I have ever heard, even with its below-par production. Note: the European release contains two extra songs, but they are nothing to worry about."
Around the world music
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mano Negra was probably one of the best groups that France has given to Latin America and the world. Puta's Fever sings to everybody."