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Street Signs

Ozomatli

2004

Street Signs

Album Summary

Street Signs is an album by Latin funk rock band Ozomatli, released in 2004 by Real World Records and Concord Records. Street Signs was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.This album won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2005. The song "Saturday Night" was featured in the video games Madden NFL 2005, MX vs. ATV Unleashed, and Sleeping Dogs, in the soundtrack to the film Turbo, and the trailer for the 2010 comedy film Hot Tub Time Machine.

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Rating

2.88

Votes

4199

Genres

  • World
  • Funk
  • Hip Hop
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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Every song in "Street Signs", Ozomatli's third album, is a blast of latin rock, funk and hip hop in your face. An ensamble of great musicians with a great variety of references coming together to create a nuanced and cohesive record that talks about workers rights and imigration in a very interesting way, that keeps you hooked from start to finish. "Believe" and "Santiago" are beautiful songs.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Loved the album, first song was a banger and the other ones were quite catchy. Didn't expect to have so much fun listening to a Latin Funk Album

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Excellent - shame the whole album isn't on spotify...

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Never heard of this band until now. Not sure why they are not huge radio mega stars. My theory on the fly is the hype machine doesn't know how to market this kind of music unless there is an individual (ie. Bruno Mars) to focus on. Their sound is varied with all kinds of different touchstones; funk, latin pop, rock, alternative maybe even, rap, hip hop and jazz . Everything is performed with a verve and energy that is absolutely infectious. This is not typically my genre but this album will remain on my playlist. Favorite song; Love and Hope. 4 🌟

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Wed Oct 19 2022
1

A waste of time and space. Clear Latin music influences without doing anything interesting or worthwhile with it. Lyrics are corny and lack any sort of worthwhile message. Every genre influence it brings in does nothing to meaningfully expand on the core ideas, leading to cheap attempts of hip-hop, funk, rock, turntablism, and so forth. This drags on for nearly an hour without improvement. Skip this one.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

Amazing

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Kind of like santana, hip hop like a little bit.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

First time of listening and what a revelation! great Latin/Rock/Hip Hop throughout. Loved "Saturday Night" "Believe" "Love & Hope " and "Who Discovered America" loved the line "Dip, Dive, Socialise Get Ready for Saturday Night..." Good album well worth it place on this list, homage to Carlos of course!

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Loved it! great music, hard to find the correct album though.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

cool

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Excellent album! Only 1 or 2 songs I didn't really care for, the rest were either fine but mostly excellent!

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

This album was a fantastic with themes that could have been written in 2022. Latin fusion sound is very underrated. Favorite track: Dejame En Paz

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

9/10. A great, unique sounding album. A couple songs got on my nerves, but in general this was great.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Rock latino. Fusión. Interesante

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Albums like this are the ones I look forward to the most on this list due to their sheer uniqueness. Latin rock is much more interesting than hearing another boring 70s-80s rock album. Fav: who founded America

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

The English lyrics leave a little something to be desired but this is great

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

A different vibe completely from what I listen to. Tons of fun and well worth a listen.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Remember when we forgot for awhile that other countries had instruments too? I'd listen to Chali 2na read the phonebook

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Quite liked this. The Roots but in Spanish?

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Mitt nya favorit band. svänger! även om det är svårt att få tag på tyvärr. men så är livet. ques que se

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Cool hip hop/funk/Latin fusion album. There's a lot of variation in the style of songs on this album which makes it fun to listen to

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Thu May 19 2022
4

What a mix of styles and genres, seriously loved this experience

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Fri May 20 2022
4

I don't care what genre, the world needs more socially conscious music that makes you want to dance as much as this does. I wouldn't normally gravitate to any of the genres explored on this album, and can't say I would go back to it, but glad I now know it exists.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Latino flair from LA, Good listening.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Músicas del mundo. Está bien. Un 4.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

little spanish, good

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Pretty awesome blend of rap, funk, and Latin music

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Lively fun Latin rock and roll

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Fun!

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

That was a trip. And Jurassic 5 is a big part of it. Wow catchy and very unique. Whole lots of genre influence

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Actually kinda a jam

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

This was something I'd never heard before, but it makes complete sense when you put it next to contemporaneous stuff like the Cat Empire or Manu Chao. Good fun.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Believe, Love and hope

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

7/10 i liked the concept of fusing so many genres. However, it felt a bit shallow overall , like they settled for having unique beats and left it at that.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3.5

J'ai bien aimé, signe d'une grade ouverture d'esprit.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
3

Liked it!

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Sat Dec 18 2021
3

Latino-funk-rock-hiphop fusion album? It's pretty damn neat honestly.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

Quite groovy

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Disc de barreja de sons del món amb hip hop, molt ben entramat i amb una execució molt pro. Recorda els primers anys de segle, la ressaca del 11S i la intencionalitat que hi havia aleshores d'agermanar pobles i cultures

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

The name of the band was familiar, but none of the tracks stood out as something I've heard before. It's hard to get me excited about hip-hop, but the variety of music genres was interesting and enjoyable. I liked the arabic influences in a couple of tracks, and even the ska-ish track "Déjame en Paz". "Ya Viene el Sol" was another favorite track. Overall the album was good, but there were some slow spots. This album has room to grow on me.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

something for everyone, nothing for everybody

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

The tracks on this album are like a box of chocolates. I didn't like half of them.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Good backyard party vibes

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Not on Spotify so a bit annoying to listen to so just clicked through the tracks quickly. Probably deserves another more thorough listen at some point.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Another album not in my copy of the book. There's an awful lot of divergence between different versions and (as I've noted before) a lot of more contemporary releases added and then quickly removed. It's almost like the people who curate this don't know how to evaluate modern music for its lasting impact. Anyway, I had never listened to Ozomatli before, but I knew of them as Cut Chemist's other group. In addition to Cut Chemist, Chali 2na has also collaborated with them, further cementing their connection to Jurassic 5. Ozomatli also share some of Jurassic 5's issues - namely, their lack of depth. They're fine, there's nothing wrong with them, but like a meal lacking much caloric content, you're going to be hungry again in an hour. There's a wiffliness to them, a lack of edge, a lack of bite. It's frustratingly clean and safe and, well, kind of boring. It shouldn't be. It's blending elements of a lot of genres, but it never feels like more than the sum of its parts. Why? How can you combine disparate elements and sound somehow formulaic? Better than Oasis though.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Not on Spotify so listening cobbled together from youtube and live albums. The good tracks are really good, with predictably the bass and percussion the standout elements. I can leave the 90s/early 00s staple of 'oh third verse time for a rap' element.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

First Listen. Interesting sound. Funk, jazz, Latin, rock, hip hop, world fusion all in one album. I mostly liked it. Standouts: Saturday Night 3/5

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

I liked the collision of styles. Unfortunately Spotify didn't. It would only play the opening track for me.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Infectious :)

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

3/5 interesting but no

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Could only listen to one song as that was all that was available on Spotify. But it wasn’t bad.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Interesting, but... that's about it.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

This was a good listen. "Who Discovered America" was a really good track. A little Latin, a little hip hop. Reminded me of Santana.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Yllätti positiivisesti kun rullasin youtubesta levyn läpi. Mukavat soundit ja vaikeasta päivästä huolimatta jäi hyvä fiilis.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Ok Latin based album

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Zomerse muziek, wel een oké album. echter moeilijk te vinden op streamingdiensten, dus heb niet alle nummers gehoord

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

Cool hybrid of latin rock type music and rap. I liked "Love And Hope", "(Who Discovered) America?", and "Saturday Night". Just didn't like them well enough to overcome some of the songs I really didn't like.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Couldn't listen to in UK.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Kind of a combination of Los Lobos and Gogol Bordellol.

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Tue May 03 2022
3

Only the first 2 songs were on Spotify AU, had to look the rest up on YouTube. Managed to find most of it but a few were live tracks and other people covering the songs etc. This.... was p cool. Albums like this are the reason I signed up for this project - trying to hear new things, not just 6000 Beatles albums that have already been played to death. But this was fresh, a real mix of styles done well. It had all the standard parts of a big funk band but with a bit more here and there - occasional rapping, flamenco, middle eastern sounding melodies, I heard a rock guitar solo at one point, etc. I really liked the funky and experimental stuff, not so much the rap. 3/5.

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Mon May 16 2022
3

Some great stuff on here outside of what I normally listen to. Huge fan of "Believe."

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Pretty ok tbh

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

A very eclectic mix of sounds ranging from Bollywood and Sitars that was mixed with rap and Salsa dancing. I think it would be worth a listen to as a full album as it's kinda fun but also a little strange. Not sure how I feel about it as a whole because of how disjointed it felt trying to find as many tracks as possible. Only 2 songs were on Spotify AU. Could not find "Te Estoy Buscando", "Doña Isabelle" and "Nadie Te Tira"; for "Santiago" only found a drum cover, not ideal but could get a feel for it. Best (from what I heard): Love and Hope Worst (from what I heard): Ya Viene El Sol

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

This was fun, nothing special, but fun.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

I'm kind of surprised this album came out as late as it did. It feels like some kind of Latino pop collaboration out of the 90s, with a hip hop twist. Understand me, that's not necessarily a bad thing. This album is really tight musically, with fun grooves. The songs have a great fusion of styles that feels very natural and not pasted together. Great surprise appearance from Eddie Palmieri is all the proof you need that these guys are the real deal. I'm also pleased to hear a little Spanish on 1001 Albums, which has been weirdly absent thus far. It's only the 2nd most spoken language in the world, guys. Enjoyed this quite a bit. Fave Songs: Nadie Te Tira, Te Estoy Buscando, Santiago, (Who Discovered) America?, Love & Hope

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Better than expected

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

What a weirdly unique album. Genres and languages mixed that you don't often hear. However in the end, the big memorable thing about this album is the uniqueness, not the quality

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Begins quite interesting with an interesting blend of genres and the latin roots, but as the album progresses turns into a more standard latin sound. Overall not bad, but doesn’t leave a lasting impression.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Curiosamente no estaba disponible en mi país, así que escuché otro de la misma banda.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Interesting. 3/5

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

The first album to defeat me in the sense that I was unable to find the complete album on any suitable service. Instead I listened to Ozomatli’s first album, which I owned, and selections from some other albums. I like Ozomatli. They mix some styles up together and whilst the whole thing isn’t going to tear up any trees, it’s perfectly decent well made music - Latin flair with hip hop beats. This hip hop head especially enjoys their collaborations with Chalib2na and De La Soul.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Pretty decent, good hype album enjoy the Latin sounds - reminds me a bit of Ricky martin

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Very fun album. Got great rhythm and lots of variety of songs.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Some hot tracks, but middling other places.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Pretty good beats. 3.25

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Only one track on Spotify, and a few more songs on YouTube. I quite enjoyed what I heard tbh, and would be quite happy to listen to a whole album.  Really fun mix of genres, hiphop base with a few different latin influences. 3/5 (on the basis that I think this is what a whole album would've got).

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

I feel like this would be a hit if it was released today, primarily for the lyrics, which are absolute Twitter-level politics. At least the English tracks, which is partly why I tend to prefer the Spanish language material. When it goes full Latin, I am all in. Would like this better if it didn’t have as much nu metal tinge, I think. C+

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Wasn't bad, but didn't do much for me either. There were parts that I liked, but overall it was a bit slow and long. 2.75/5

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Immediate nostalgia when Saturday Night hit. Otherwise, a decent album, if uneventful. 3/5

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

It’s pretty much impossible to make a fair judgement of this album seeing that I could only listen to one song. Finding the rest proved exceedingly difficult. So while I quite liked the one track I heard (an interesting mixture of Latin, Arabic and hip-hop sounds), hopefully I’ll be able to give it a proper listen.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Te Estoy Buscando (para America?) Sounds very much the same. Saturday Night was a huge departure! Overall, it's a thumbs up!

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

I was skeptical at first, but this was actually really fun!!

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

It was just ok

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

If you your favorite song is “Livin La Vida Loca” you are gonna love this album Favorite part was the transition between Dona Isabelle and the following song

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Fun, lively. I thought the album was great when it leaned heavily into the latin feel, and I wasn't as thrilled with the rapping. Felt a little cheesy. Favorite tracks: "Nadie Te Tira", "Believe"

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Nice mix of styles, but also a master of none. The rapping is pedestrian and boring. Started strong, but the quality fell off quite. Bit after the first 2-3 songs.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Another example of why I love this project. I can understand why this album could seem like a total hodge-podge mess of sounds, but I really like that chaotic mix of genres. It keeps you on your toes, never bores, and is pretty catchy. From Latin American rap, to Arabic beats, the sounds of the world feel more cohesive than something like OK. N.B - Really difficult to find this album online which is a shame. Also the whole debate on separating art from artists is a hot potato, but it's nice to see a band promote positive political movements like workers' rights from their inception 20 years ago to the present day. 19/10/22

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

Spotify only had 2 songs from this album. I liked the Latin funk. I didn't much like the rap though.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

I liked it! Sort of a more modern version of Santana with a tiny bit of middle eastern/Kashmir type of stuff going on. 3 stars.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Ozymandias

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Tue Nov 29 2022
3

intriguing sounds

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Mon Dec 27 2021
2

Tvö lög aðgengileg á Spotify. Erfitt að meta út frá þeim tveimur. Fyrsta lagið mjög næs. Annað mediocre.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

I hated this, I thought this was fucking revolting. But.... I kind of respect what these gentleman are going for so it's a 2 from me, not a 1.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
2

An interesting blend of genres and influences that doesn't quite stick the landing - some tracks swirl with the perfect mix of Eastern/Latin/Hip-Hop rhythms, but others bite off more than they can chew and fall into a repetitive (and boring) holding pattern.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
2

Where do you go with your music in 2003?

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Fri Apr 08 2022
2

Todella erikoinen kokonaisuus. Levis sinne ja tänne, välillä tosi jees, välillä taas ei. Kokonaisena ei löytyny edes YTstä. Muutama 4/5 biisi, mut fiilis sanoo kokonaisuudesta 2

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

Blocked in NZ on Spotify

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Fri Apr 29 2022
2

hmm, I really thought I was going to enjoy this album. I feel like maybe there was a time when I listened to Ozomatli and liked them. This just feels like a mashup of the least interesting latin music and hip hop. It's upbeat and poppy and boring

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Mon Jun 27 2022
2

Not sure what this was at all. Didn’t fit into any genre.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
2

This is a tough one because I can't find a complete version of the album anywhere and it made for a very disjointed experience. The songs were okay but a little all over the place for me. My rating would possibly be different if I could listen to the entire album in a single place.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

New discovery for me, although I liked some of the sounds it overall didn't really grab me. A bit too poppy in places and I feel like the latin element got drowned out by more formulaic rock in places.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
2

Singer/ Songwriter

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

Seems this band has been around a while but never heard of them. Bit different and not bad.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
2

2.8 - A bland fusion of Latin rock and hip hop that you’d head at a free summer concert in some medium-sized city.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
2

Street Signs is highly particular, making it a peculiar listen. I'm tempted to lump it in with the other slightly off-kilter Latin choices in the book, more American and rockin' than the rest. It doesn't work, but isn't bad either. Good background music.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
2

There were definitely some highlights... really like Love and Hope, America? and Te Estoy Buscando. Unfortunately it wasn't enough as much of the rest isn't as interesting or occasionally puts me off.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

Premier album que je ne peux pas écouter en entier, même sur YouTube il n'est pas dispo dans son intégralité. Prefs: Believe, Street Signs, Dejame en Paz Moins pref: Who's To Blame? Pas écoutées: Love & Hope, Te Estoy Buscando, Dona Isabelle, Nadie Te Tira

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

Fanns bara två låtar på Spotify..

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

I didn’t like much other than the last song. Reminded me a bit of nu-metal except instead of metal it was Latin music. 4/10

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Sun Jan 30 2022
1

Not my style. I prefer English. The Saturday night song wasn't too bad

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Thu Mar 17 2022
1

I guess this is party music. Hard to get in the party mood while at work on a rainy Wednesday morning. Some of the more hip hop tinged tracks sounded okay, but overall too eclectic for me.

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Sun May 01 2022
1

é uma bagunça e impossível de achar

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Mon May 30 2022
1

Absolutely fucking not.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
1

Not my thing.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
1

ovo što sam čuo, ne sviđa mi se.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
1

Cover art 2/5

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Fri Sep 23 2022
1

Link to album has only one song

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Sun Oct 02 2022
1

Must be nice to see live

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Wed Nov 16 2022
1

Hopefully I'll never hear this again

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Wed Nov 30 2022
1

Only four tracks available in Brazil between Spotify and Youtube. On the basis of four tracks - an uninspired latin hip-hop. I am fine with latin music, but hip-hop is intolerable for me. So 1 star on a limited sample size

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