Hechos Contra el Decoro

Línea de Fuga

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After taking time out for the soundtrack for the Spanish film Barrio, the Madrid rockers return with a markedly more restrained, cooled-out sound. Línea de Fuga seems geared toward getting the radical lyrical messages across first, and consequently the fiery energy of the playing is reined in. Clever images inform the anti-globalization/International Monetary Fund/World Bank control theme of the reggae-flavored "Voz of Babilon," but there are also more personal reflections on life like "Coge el Sentido." Javier Muguruza's accordion lends the right continental café sadness to lament the loss of a lover in the Serbian war ("Abril de Mil Novecientos Ausencia"). "May the Tide Rise" deals with boat people crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain from North Africa, and the fast pace of modern life is a recurring theme. The title track deals with the self-affirmation of women, and the big change is the prominent role given new female vocalist Gemma (Minsa) Herrero. She over-sings sometimes, but her voice takes on a key role playing off the electric piano of "Cuando Todo Se Puede Decir" or a muted trumpet and bluesy dub excursion. Hechos Contra el Decoro apparently made a conscious decision to cut back on its energy level here -- even the ska-based songs don't kick as hard -- but the band may have gone too far, and Línea de Fuga sounds very much like a transitional effort.