The Gipsy Kings are the kind of band you either love or really don't, and loyalties don't shift very often—since the songs may change, but the sound remains essentially the same.

The Gipsy Kings are the kind of band you either love or really don't, and loyalties don't shift very often—since the songs may change, but the sound remains essentially the same. That is why Somos Gitanos—the Kings first new studio collection in several years—works, beginning with the upbeat title track, replete with a catchy, simple melody and flamenco guitars and palmas that all play to the tune of singer Nicolas Reyes' trademark raspy vocals. There are accents here that add variety: the accordion on "Somos Gitanos," the Middle Eastern touches on "Majiwi," perhaps the most intriguing track on the album; the piano "tumbao" in "Jo Busco un Camino"; and the quiet lyricism of the instrumental "Felices Días." Ultimately, it's flamenco pop as only the Kings can do.—LC

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