Charango, the fourth album borne out of the collective Morcheeba consciousness (brothers/musicians Paul and Ross Godfrey and singer supreme Skye), overflows with a confidence not always present on pas

Charango, the fourth album borne out of the collective Morcheeba consciousness (brothers/musicians Paul and Ross Godfrey and singer supreme Skye), overflows with a confidence not always present on past sets, particularly 2000's Fragments of Freedom. Here, Morcheeba has concocted a delicious brew of lively tropicalia, rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, soul, and electronic. It's the type of sweet, reflective musical journey—journey being the operative word—that can be very much appreciated poolside or on the beach. That said, a romantic undercurrent (rich in orchestral maneuvers) ripples throughout, also making it a perfect bedside companion. Witness "Slow Down" and "Undress Me Now." A track like "São Paulo" is home to sweltering rhythms and all-too-real lyrics, while "Women Lose Weight" and "Get Along" are home to, respectively, Slick Rick and the Outsidaz's Pace Won. A class act.—MP

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