El-Guincho-Pop-Negro

This album is an odd one. It has the ability to almost simultaneously transform you from thinking it’s one-dimensional and somewhat repetitive to thinking it’s full of depth, variation and intrigue. So ultimately, as you can imagine, it has flaws as well as a sense of accomplishment and fluidity. Its problem is that it feels somewhat trapped within a specific sound and genre, and while there is no question of its inventiveness within its sound, you sometimes crave for it to break free from it and the constraints and convention that accompany El Guincho’s tropical, dance/pop shtick. Pablo Díaz-Reixa is clearly a man who has mastered his art and subsequent individual sound, but it’s time to start mastering a new one and applying his skills to something that would sound like he is being challenged a bit more. Here he sounds a little too comfortable.

By Daniel Dylan Wray

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