Momposonica

Momposonica

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Momposonica is a rock en español quintet whose members all hail originally from Colombia but who found one another in their adopted home of New Jersey. Although their name pays nominal tribute to the Colombian folksinger Totó La Momposina, there's little here tying the band to its homeland's traditional sounds: these guys are all about rockin' out. Momposonica's self-titled debut album is a solid affair that rides a careful balance between contemporary pop, progressive Latin elements and classic garage rock while alternately bringing to mind the synth-tinged new wave of the early MTV era. The album exudes a more playful tone overall than much of the harder Latin rock of the era. On the Nuggets-like "Motor," Momposonica (in particular singer Luis Garcia), sound like the lost stepchildren of '60s Chicano-rockers ? and the Mysterians, and "Export" could have snuck off of one of Joe Jackson's early-'80s pan-cultural recordings. On "Una Noche," the specter of Carlos Santana is felt but not mimicked. Momposonica, like Santana, bridges cultures neatly, and their allegiance is more to the rock half of the equation than the Latin half.

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