In an age where even the most traditional musicians are wont to experiment with a synthesizer or sample once in a while, Lupillo Rivera is a true traditionalist. With CON MIS PROPIAS MANOS, he sticks close to his tried and trusted formula, singing this collection of Norteno corrido songs to a backing rarely consisting of more than a horn section, accordion, and drums. This has the admirable effect of concentrating the listener's attention on Rivera's vocals, and the stories they tell, which revolve around the human condition, heroic and otherwise. Rivera's impassioned voice provides a remarkable counterpoint to the jaunty waltzes, polkas, and cumbia rhythms that accompany these tales of love and death. But he's nothing if not possessed of a wicked sense of humor, as evidenced by the drunken character introducing "Guantanamera," the hoary classic that closes this typically vital set.
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