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Viva! Chavela Vargas !Viva Mexico! -inimitable,mystical artist
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2008
This is my 6th Vargas CD and I thought I have heard the best already but after getting this CD I know I was wrong.At Carnage Hall-Live-2003, she was 83 at the time but her voice remains the best ever.ALL SONGS ARE THE BEST, i have heard others in other CDs but this is Chavela who interprets differently in every CD she comes up with.In her own words she said"The years take you to a different feeling than when you were 30, I feel diffently, I interpret diffently, more toward the mystical".Jon Pareles-New York Times says"Ms Vargas's voice has lowered and roughened since her early hits, but she has traded the illusion of youthful innocence for a galvanising sense of drama.Each line of song was a poise surge of emotion.She growled or sighed the word"amor";,she could sound tearful,furious, desolate.She sang of "La Llorona" in a whisper,toa rapt audience""" but something must be clearly stated, the voice is still powerful, when it is lowered it is a matter of style and exprecion of emocion.This CD has come to the top of Vargas collection.my first cd was "La Llorona" and "Macorina" which I consider the best ever but they will have to bow down to this CD.Another great thing about this live recording is the superior sound, the engineers must be commended.Oh! the guitarists,Juan Carlos Allende and Miguel Pena Tovar-just listen to Soledad, Cruz De olvido, to be honest there is no particular track that I can say is the best because the whole CD captured my soul.Since I saw the movie "Frida",Julie Taymor's 2002 featuring Salma Hayek,Chavela Vargas I have been collecting everything by Vargas, Cuipama CD will be on my CD shelve soon.By the way this CD will not fit in your normal CD rack because the cover is not the normal size but is bigger with posters of Chavela Vargas, liner notes in English are provided. This CD will appeal to all people from all over the world.Enjoyed this music so immensely to such extant that I'm lost for words on how to describe the way one may feel when listening to this CD.Chavela Vargas is simple a phenomenon.Buy it as a gift.