La Radiolina (2007) If you think "world beat" is code for "weird-sounding foreign music that has nothing to do with my life," Manu Chao's third solo CD, La… 2007-09-04 Manu Chao World
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La Radiolina (2007)

BRAVE MANU WORLD On La Radiolina , Chao brilliantly challenges the stereotypical view of ''world beat''
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BRAVE MANU WORLD On La Radiolina, Chao brilliantly challenges the stereotypical view of ''world beat''
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 04, 2007; Lead Performance: Manu Chao; Genre: World

If you think ''world beat'' is code for ''weird-sounding foreign music that has nothing to do with my life,'' Manu Chao's third solo CD, La Radiolina, just might turn your thinking around a full 180. Like the Clash circa Sandinista!, this France-bred artist is in top form here, catapulting easily from rock to reggae to rai and into genres as yet uncharted (check out the bizarro spaghetti-Western hoedown ''Besoin de la Lune''). And though he sings mostly in French or Spanish, Chao's music is so sonically vivid, so gloriously evocative, translation seems almost superfluous.


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Originally posted Aug 30, 2007 Published in issue #952 Sep 07, 2007 Order article reprints