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Classic Album Review: Kinky | Kinky

The quirky Mexican quintet genre-hop with inspired abandon & restless enthusiasm.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


The musicians are from Mexico. They got their big break in the U.S. Their record label is British. And their sound is equally all over the map.

Meet Kinky, the latest eclectic Mexican outfit out to amuse and amaze music fans of all stripes. Like fellow countrymen Cafe Tacuba and Plastilina Mosh, this quirky quintet genre-hop with inspired abandon and restless enthusiasm. Groove merchants first and foremost, Kinky’s MO is to lay down a fat, funky Latin vibe, then pile on the styles and sounds — jazzy melodies, perky toreador horns, cold robotic electronics, neon kitschy pop and swirly house — like so many taco toppings. Admittedly, some of these sugary tunes — particularly the jammy instrumentals — are the equivalent of musical junk food. But damn, it sure does go down nice. I’ll go for seconds.