5.0 out of 5 stars
beautiful soul, Dec 10 2003
this is the definition of uplifting! it's music to warm your soul and is the first true advance in music for years. we've been wallowing in silly electronic pop for so long without noticing that the world's languages, cultures and politics are all mixing up more and more. what was needed was someone to sum that up in a joyful uplifting album, that doesn't ignore the seriousness of what's going on around the globe (so the wonderful love song me gustas tu is followed shortly afterwards by denia and its look at algeria's woes). manu chao not only does all this but spoils us with his multilinguism and his playful use of sound bites and backup musicians, while each song flows into the next like a radio show. there's so much to listen to, think about and move to that your mind and body come alive. can't wait for his next.