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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
De Lata
Serious
Palm Pictures

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Da Lata is a name you might know if you have heard Thievery Corporation's DJ Kicks album - Or if you heard their 2000 release, Songs From the Tin. Or the more recent album of remixes the group has done. Or some of the discs in the Putumayo world music series, a series with which I am painfully familiar (and yet, Da Lata has not yet been ruined for my by the experience of retail overplay). But this disc will ensure that the bossalicious sounds of Da Lata are spread far and wide.

And well they should be. With Serious, Da Lata step up the funk, the beats and the groove, creating a smooth blend of music perfect for driving, dancing, lounging, or whatever else you may see fit to do. There is a panoply of styles present, from the afro-beat title track, to the R&B sounds of "Can It Be?" Despite these shifts in tempo and mood, there is a consistent, pervasive presence on the album. It says, "why aren't you dancing on a warm beach with a lovely Brazilian?" Ah, if only. Until then, I'll just pop this in my CD player and ease my clutch to the beat while I sit in rush hour. Trust me, it helps.

Reviewed by Larissa Parson


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