Soda Stereo
Dynamo


4.0
excellent

Review

by KILL USER (60 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2015 | 86 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: la mirada del zapato

I don't know *** about this band. Apart from the fact they're real important in Latin-land and have covered numerous styles in their discography the band had always failed to capture my interests, that was until I heard the bollocks of dogs, Dynamo. Pulling no punches the opener Secuencia Inicial fuses alternative rock with shoegaze esque delayed guitars creating an excellent start to the album and sets the tone for the first half of the record. But it's the next track that truly fiddles my diddle. From its suspended chords to its memorable drum groove, Toma La Ruta is just full of hooks. Its bridge is especially noteworthy with hard jamming and unique chord progressions, it's almost Rush level. It's also extremely similar to Curve's Already Yours of the same year albeit not as sappy. The third track En Remolinos changes the pace with a mesmerizing wall of guitars masterfully mixed with a repetitive and driving drum beat which really comes into its own when you notice the subtleties on repeated listens.

The albums second half takes on a less upbeat and atmospheric approach with tracks like Nuestra Fe and the sublime Sweet Sahumerio. At first this change of pace can be seen as a slog but repeated listens reveal their importance to the albums flow. It's not all perfect however, the rocking closer Texturas while being a solid track on its own, in context of the album just comes off as guff. Closing with the dreamy Fue would have been a much better choice. While the vocals are entirely adequate they can be off putting at first. They are rather high in the mix compared typical shoegaze albums of time but it does become less noticeable with repeated listens. The lyrics are in Spanish or some shite so It's hard to comment on them but the vocal lines and layers are often equally as intoxicating as the melodies created by the guitars. This is helped by the sublime production, with every instrument being equally audible without ever clashing, with the more ambient tracks benefiting the most from the dynamism.

While most consider their previous album Canción Animal to be their magnum opus, It's here that the band set the bar for experimentation and genre blending alike. From its infectiously upbeat beginning and more experimental second half the record flows without hardly any falter. It's just a shame the album was a commercial failure in comparison to their earlier work, which in comparison to this is pure piss. Recommend for fans of bands like Curve, Stereolab and the like, and of course Ire.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
facupm
May 1st 2015


11291 Comments


good one dudeeeeeeee!

this guys are from my country you know

KILL
May 1st 2015


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool bro you ever jam them?

MrSirLordGentleman
May 1st 2015


10866 Comments


good one dudeeeeeeee! [2]

RIP Cerati

I was planning to review Cancion Animal, or do you want to review that one too kill?

KILL
May 1st 2015


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah dude you do it for sure i have no plans to, much prefer this one

MrSirLordGentleman
May 1st 2015


10866 Comments


I'll do it whenever I get the chance, meanwhile: EXAMSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS




P.S: that "recommended by reviewer"

facupm
May 1st 2015


11291 Comments


yeah of course i've jammed them its like compulosory here

not a big fan though but they have some cool jams

MrSirLordGentleman
May 1st 2015


10866 Comments


You aren't from Latin America if you don't like at least one song by these guys, it is like a fact

facupm
May 1st 2015


11291 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5oI-RvvHIc



Piripichotes
May 1st 2015


386 Comments


this band bores me to death, and no, I know plenty of latin americans that hate this and cerati, who happened to fall into coma in my birthing city... Still, I think they're influential to many... cool review, posd.

Digging: Enslaved - E

facupm
May 1st 2015


11291 Comments


man i dindt say it was compulsory to love them, but to know them

if they hate him its because they know him

rip btw

tempest--
May 1st 2015


20545 Comments


kill for real you use it's when you mean its a lot. "It's" is only ever a contraction for it is. If you don't mean "it is" use its.

Supercoolguy64
May 1st 2015


8049 Comments


album sounds pretty cool, posd

Digging: Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime

trackbytrackreviews
May 2nd 2015


3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listen to Caifanes, they're way better

KILL
May 2nd 2015


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude tempest i know but dw i will get better i'm takin my gcse's again soon i cant even wait to expand my puny mind with insight and passion, i'm doing it for you bro honestly

ive got caifanes second record, havent given it many listens tho maybe it will grow

trackbytrackreviews
May 2nd 2015


3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Caifanes Volumen II? I think that one is my least favorite. Most people prefer El Silencio even though their "classic" song is off their fourth.

Gard3n
May 2nd 2015


439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sueño Stereo can be considered quite experimental, at least for the general content of this band's discograhy. You should give it a try if you already haven't. I also like very much their Unplugged album, I used to be a fanboy when a teenager.



The singer (Gustavo Cerati) had a solo career, maybe you'll like his firsts albums. "Colores Santos" and "Amor Amarillo" are more akin to dream pop and a little psychedelic, CS has some electronic tracks. Bocanada is definitely the most varied, I guarantee that you'll find there at least a couple of tracks you'll really like, I can't label it with specific genres because there's plenty. He also did a REALLY good soundtrack album called "+Bien" which is composed of ambient and electronic tracks, on of his best IMO. From there, the rest is just not as good.



So yeah, I made clear that I listened to everything this guy/band did. I think there's material here that stands the test of time, at least for a latin rock band/singer.



Great review, have a pos.

zakalwe
May 2nd 2015


23028 Comments


This would bag you an A* in a GCSE resit son

Piripichotes
May 2nd 2015


386 Comments


trackbytrack you're right, caifanes is waaaaaay better.... imo



KILL
May 2nd 2015


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn thanks gard3n i'll def get on that shit and hep bro i dug signos but nada didnt grab me i'll try again cos what else have i got to do

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2015


26735 Comments


Cool.



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