Various Artists

Guerra de Estados Pesados, Vol. 3: Ahora con Banda

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Guerra de Estados Pesados, Vol. 3 is a blend of Cuban and Caribbean music with an emphasis on up-tempo horns and very little percussion. What this leads to is a very unique sound, a strange mix of big band, Latin folk, polka, and Caribbean arrangements. The horn parts are played in a wavering, brash fashion that brings to mind avant-garde rockers the Residents at times, while the rest of the musicians have a more lighthearted approach to the material. This is a very unique album and one that may expand out to a larger audience. But this is not a typical genre release, and there is always the chance that a casual listener may be turned off by the bizarre arrangements.

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