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Classic Album Review: Lou Bega | Ladies & Gentlemen

Mr. Mambo No. 5 serves up an adventurous but unsatisfying mish-mash.


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):


The good news: There is no Mambo No. 6. The bad news: There’s nothing as infectious as Bega’s Latin-pop hit Mambo No. 5 on this odd followup to 1999’s A Little Bit of Mambo.

Curiously combining Latin and Caribbean grooves and percussion with squealing synthesizers and thumping disco beats, Bega serves up a stylistically adventurous but oddly unsatisfying sonic mish-mash that falls somewhere between Kid Creole, Shaggy and Cher’s Believe. And if starting your album off with the 6,053rd cover of Louis Prima’s Just A Gigolo / I Ain’t Got Nobody isn’t an admission you’re out of fresh ideas, I’ll eat Lou’s hat.