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Rei Momo Import

4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 16 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • Run Time: 64.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002LIV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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1. Independence Day
2. Make Believe Mambo
3. The Call Of The Wild
4. Dirty Old Town
5. The Rose Tattoo
6. Loco De Amor
7. The Dream Police
8. Don't Want To Be Part Of Your World
9. Marching Through The Wilderness
10. Good And Evil
11. Lie To Me
12. Office Cowboy
13. Women Vs. Men
14. Carnival Eyes
15. I Know Sometimes A Man Is Wrong

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Three years after Paul Simon's Graceland, the most identifiable member (by far) of the Talking Heads ventured way beyond his band's terrain with his solo debut. With Rei Momo, David Byrne inaugurated his plunge into Latin American music, doing so with a variety of styles, from son to salsa to meringue to samba, each lit with horn charts and piles of rhythm. The album, like Graceland, inspired some critiques (many of them vehement) of Byrne's cherry-picking of styles, which smacked a bit of postmodern exotica. The album certainly genre hops, mixing national styles with lyrics that gnash about Latin American political and human rights concerns. But it also helps contextualise the late-1990s fascination with native Cuban popular music, as well as the rise of Latin pop, which shares Byrne's border-agnostic mesh of all available styles. More than anything though, Rei Momo stands as one of Byrne's most inspired outings, perhaps even as an early pinnacle of his now-lengthy solo career. --Andrew Bartlett

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Ahead by a good ten years, I'd say. The fact is, that no matter how you come to it, if you get a chance to be exposed to Latin rhythm and culture, it is worth it from my POV. As a Mexicana, I am honored that Byrne would so faithfully reproduce the sounds I loved when I lived in "Nueva Yor", as I call it.
The lyrics are the real draw here. Witty and incisive, they play off the exotic tapestry of sound. I cannot begin to mention all the great ones, but here are a few:
"My bed is flyin' out the window, I'm pullin' up my covers to the rain. And down below cats are howlin', it's a family affair." (from Independence Day) "This compass points in two directions, and North and South are both the same." (same) "Maybe you'll pray, but God isn't home, and there's no guarantee that justice be done" (Dirty Old Town) "Like a pizza in the rain, no one wants to take you home" (Loco de Amor) "Messin' round like monkeys and apes... they turned 'em loose, they turned into people" (Good and Evil)
And on it goes. For someone like me, a fan of Steely Dan, Elvis Costello, and Bob Dylan, this is a feast. But to combine with Español and back it with a Latin beat (take your pick: salsa, samba, rumba, charanga, to name a few) is irresistable. I've loved this album ever since it was released in 1989. Not a bad cut on it, but the afforementioned, plus "Rose Tattoo", "Make Believe Mambo", "Don't Want to Be Part of Your World", and "Lie to Me" also make my list of favorites here.
Please do NOT judge this by any preconceived notions, not let others' negative reactions influence you. This is the thinking man's approach to cultural synthesis, and as such, is an unqualified TRIUMPH.
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byrne, como otros compositores-cantantes ( paul simon) trata de copiar algo de diversos ritmos latinos, mezclandolos con rock, y no se que mas... el resultado final es malo.
Los bellos ritmos que el desconoce, se transforman en una mala parodia de si mismos.
No cabe duda de que byrne ama esta musica, pero este intento de hacerla mas accesible a otros pueblos- como si la buena musica no fuera de por si universal- le hace perder su caracter mas fuerte resultando un hibrido.
Mejor hubiera hecho como PETER GABRIEL que promociona las grandes musicas e interpretes de todo el mundo sin querer apropiarse de su historia.
Cualquier interprete callejero de los paises a los que byrne deforma su musica , lo hace mucho mejor.
Puede gustarles a los que no conocen o no aprecian los ritmos originales, o creen que con este tratamiento destructor los " culturiza".
Byrne debe dedicarse a la musica que conoce que lo hace muy bien y dejar estos ritmos para los que los han heredado y mantenido vivos.
Un ejemplo claro es que la musica cubana, con la ayuda invalorable de ry cooder triunfo en todo el mundo sin que el se la apropiara o intentara hacerla mas bailable o comercial.
Pienso que los que aman y sienten la musica (latina o no) en todas sus ricas expresiones podran sentirlo asi
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This is a pioneering effort that more high level artists should have the courage to attempt. Perhaps they haven't because they don't possess the unique combination of musicianship, literacy, wit, and broad and empathic appreciation that David Byrne does. I suppose they also are afraid to go their own way with their own label, like he has.
As good as some of his songs may be, for some reason I find it hard to picture a pure pop musician like Lenny Kravitz, for instance, doing something as experimental as this..... Like the Beatles, David Byrne at his best is not only one of the most popular at what he does, he is also one of the BEST as well. And that's the real challenge for a serious pop musician, isn't it?
It is clear that Byrne has genuine respect and love for this music, as well as other forms of world music. He obviously has a better sense of humor than Peter Gabriel, however, and isn't afraid to shake his populist ... with the masses. That only makes him more appealing.
Snobs, like our Spanish writing reviewer, will see this album primarily as an Anglo intrusion, as cultural imperialism. What a shame. David Byrne has probably done more to break down barriers with his label, concerts, and other activities than almost any other major musician. David Byrne is a true fan and I'm very glad that he has enough respect for his audience to share nothing but the best. He does this live too...I saw him here in Hawaii early in 2002, and the place practically exploded with love for him.
This is not a completely perfect record. But is that really the point? The things that DO work on this record are absolutely intriguing, unique, and put on wax the exact sort of hybridity that will mark the twenty-first century and beyond.
Kudos to DB for being such a sly MF.
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What right has David Byrne to slog through other cultures, vacuuming up "authentic" music? Every right, when the music is as good as this.
Make no mistake, this isn't "Latin" music, this is "David Byrne does Latin music". The beats, the players etc are all real enough, but whether you like it or hate it will be because of Byrne's distinctively edgey aesthetic . . .
For better and more authentic musicianship of similar material, you could turn to Jesus Alemany's "Cubanismo" and "Malembe", but that's a different thing. . .what is glorious about Rei Momo is Byrne- you either accept his right to fuse traditional latin music into his post-punk funky nihilism, or you don't.
NB: If you like Byrne in this mode, you would also like his recording of "The Rivers of March", recorded with Marisa Monte . . .a great take on a classic, recorded on Red, Hot and Blue (I think that's correct)
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