Ramón Ayala

Casas de Madera

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Bravos indeed. The brothers Ayala and their other bad boy cohorts deliver more of their signature Norteno and Tejano goodness on CASAS DE MADERA. Unlike other bands in the genre who have lost themselves among cheap synthesizers and hyper-production, this band stands out with a glowing blend of roots and contemporary sensibilities that makes their songs fresher with every listen. Whether singing of eternal love or prison, they possess a characteristic sweetness that pervades throughout this recording.

"La Captura De Tejas" is a buoyant corrido about feds, helicopters and a siege on Texas. "Pensando En Ti" features tender accordion work courtesy of Ramon, and the group's winning brand of harmonized coros on lines like "It's a rainbow of love that you and I paint together"--who ever thought it would be this easy to fall in love again? Other romantic gems include "Amor De Juventud" and "Amor Sin Medida," both penned by the head Ayala.

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