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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

SILVIO RODRÍGUEZ

By Jacob Edgar
Published February 17, 2006

Expedición
Fonomusic

Silvio Rodríguez, one of Latin America's, indeed the world's, greatest singer-songwriters, invites the listener to join him on a personal and creative journey on his new album titled, appropriately, Expedición. A pioneer of the nueva trova song movement in Cuba, Rodríguez is a political and artistic revolutionary, whose lyrics deal with topics such as human rights, social justice, brotherly and romantic love in ways that are abstract, poetic and literary. As with John Lennon or Bob Dylan, other artists to whom he has been compared, a key to his appeal is that Rodríguez invites the listener to share in his personal voyage through life as an artist and a man. Over the years Rodríguez has recorded with his lilting voice accompanied only by acoustic guitar as well as with the full-band backing of Cuban supergroup Irakere and other top-flight musicians. With Expedición, he fulfills a long-time dream of recording with a string orchestra. Using the Cuban habanera as inspiration, Rodríguez wrote all of the string arrangements and composed some lovely songs. The result is lush and romantic, although a bit fluffy. (www.fonomusic.com)