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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

Los Calzones

By Matt Cibula
Published March 16, 2007

Frecuencia Extrema
Delanuca 45317

ARGENTINA

Over the last 20 years, Argentina has developed its own brand of muscular ska music, balancing the traditional skanky throb with squealing guitars and shouted fútbol choruses. Los Calzones were one of the first groups to ride this wave, urged on by U.S. ska-punk bands like Bad Manners. This album, released in Argentina in 2004 and now reissued in the U.S., shows that they still have the same energy and kick they always had — stompers like “La Felicidad” would get the crowd moving anywhere in the world, and the metallic tension in “Libre” is lovely. But some of it is just too derivative (“Mundo” sounds exactly like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs’ huge hit “El Matador”), and there’s nothing here that LFC or Bersuit Vergabarat couldn’t do with their eyes wide shut. But extra points for energy, for fun, and for the coolest CD packaging design in the history of the world.