Friday, March 16, 2012

CD Review: Del Castillo's Greatest Songs Reworked on "Infinitas Rapsodias"

From Austin, TX comes the Latin rock group Del Castillo with a new album entitled “Infinitas Rapsodias.” The album is being released through Sony/RED and includes a 5-song bonus DVD. Of the thirteen songs on this new release, five are brand-new. The others are newly created versions of songs from past albums.

First off, let me say that you do not need to understand Spanish in order to enjoy this album. The music on this new release is fabulous, walking the line between classical guitar picking and hard rock acoustic strumming. The album begins with “Lumbres de Babylon” which just keeps building is speed and tempo until its exhaustive finish. You don’t fully appreciate the musicianship until you hear the instrumentals like “Fuego Egipico” and “Para mi Sobrina.” The one song with English vocals is “Brotherhood,” which is an acoustic blues rocker with a Latin flair, but seems out of place amongst these other great Latin pieces. Lead singer Alex Ruiz flexes his vocals on the slow ballad “Perdoname,” before returning to the Santana-sounding “Mi Carino.” The album closes with, “Amor Venme a Buscar,” an amazing, powerful duet performed between German opera diva, Anna Maria Kaufmann and Ruiz.

Del Castillo has toured with everyone from Styx, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy and B.B. King to Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos and Bela Fleck. Their 2012 world tour begins with a string of dates in Europe running until the end of March. For a complete list of tour dates, please visit delcastillomusic.com.

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