Silvio Rodríguez

Mujeres

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Originally released in 1978, Silvio Rodríguez's Mujeres is often regarded as his masterpiece, representing a great artist at his very best. Instrumentally spare and transparent, the record is sonically crystal clear and shining. Rodríguez's guitar is bright and shimmering, and his voice has a bell-like open tone that would never sound quite as unencumbered and free again. The playlist includes some of his very finest material, including the light yet impassioned "Río" and heartbreaking "Y Nada Más." Recordings both before and after this album would have a significantly more produced, polished sound, with complex instrumentation and sophisticated studio work. The impression left by Mujeres is that of having heard Rodríguez give a private concert in his living room. The subtle intricacies of his guitar performance and emotional nuance of his lyrics are laid bare in the empty sonic space. Though some may prefer to hear Rodríguez in a more commercial context, Mujeres is a rare, listening room-style treat for those who would prefer a more intimate experience.

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