BBMAs 2018

Chúntaros Radio Poder

Mexican rockers El Gran Silencio are equal parts whacky, kitschy, folksy, and musical on this whimsical, often riveting album, where various genres make their way into a simulated norteÑo radio

Mexican rockers El Gran Silencio are equal parts whacky, kitschy, folksy, and musical on this whimsical, often riveting album, where various genres make their way into a simulated norteño radio cast. Although the basis of Chúntaros Radio Poder is Mexicanized cumbia (freestyle norteño is how it's referred to in the opening track, "Beat Box Cazoo"), which is repetitive by nature, the album gains dimension with touches of lyricism ("Tonta Canción No. 4. Se Cursí"), rap ("I Like to Live en Mi Tierra"), ska ("La Kalaka"), and authentic Colombian cumbia ("Canto de la Serpiente'). Beyond that, Chúntaros is a disc designed to catch you off balance. Get comfortable with the fusion of feel-good sounds and then discern the often-piercing lyrics. Although a shorter album might have been a better album, the digressions here never fail to entertain.—LC