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Classic Album Review: Los Super Seven | Canto

The Hispanic collective retool their linuep and their sound on this sophomore set.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


More like Los Super Seven, version 2.0.

This all-star Latino ensemble has changed its lineup for this second album. While four of the seven remain — Los Lobos members Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo, along with singers Rick Trevino and Ruben Ramos — Tex-Mex compadres Freddy Fender, Joe Ely and Flaco Jimenez are gone, replaced by Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, Peruvian songbird Susana Baca and Mavericks singer Raul Malo. Fittingly, their sound has taken a trip to warmer climes, leaving the Tejano two-step of their Grammy-winning debut for the sounds of Cuba, Central and South America. Emphasizing traditional fare over new songs, the Seven (swelled by a talented supporting cast) recreate the sashaying, sensual rhythms and chiming piano lines of classics such as El Pescador and Paloma Guarumera in all their the flowing sophistication and heart-on-the-sleeve romanticism. Beautiful stuff, beautifully played.