Hombre de Piedra (Crammed Discs Cram253P, 2015)
This album by Argentine singer-songwriter is being marketed as world music. ‘Hombre de Piedra’ even appears in the most recent World Music Charts Europe. However, what I hear in this album is a selection of toe-tapping pop songs with vocals in Spanish. There is barely anything noticeable connected with roots music. One song has a dub reggae rhythm and ‘Changari’ has danceable Latin American beats. The rest is basically retro pop with rockabilly, disco and Spaghetti Western influences.
‘Hombre de Piedra’ (Man of Stone) is a concept album stimulated by the French documentary ‘Lascaux: Le Ciel des Premiers Hommes’ (about the well-known Paleolithic cave paintings).
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.
Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.