Jaime Y los Chamacos


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Jaime Y Los Chamacos are simply one of the finest conjunto bands on the circuit. Accompanied as always by their well-known little white canine mascot (Buddy de Anda), the boys boast another 10 tracks of goodness with the fan-dedicated FANATICOS. While the songwriting is as appealing as that of some of their contemporaries, the band's musicianship is truly outstanding. Jaime de Anda plays sweet melodies and fills on the accordion with dexterity and taste. The combination of his vocals with bassist Edward Ordonez' provide a nice oscillation between lightness and grit, sentimentality and resolve.

The opener busts in with an exciting stir of the rhythmic pot. It's a bitingly clear you'll-be-sorry-you-didn't-love-me message, contrasted with the sad resolution of "Vete A Volar," a rollicking theme that takes the album out on a rockish note. "Triste, Triste Corazon" is a heartfelt ballad of the first day without one's love, with a nicely harmonized chorus that rings happily regardless of its lamentation. Another Freddie band that makes Tejano music truly come alive.

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