August 7, 2011

Senor Flavio | Nueva Ola

ARTIST:  Senor Flavio 
TITLE:  Nueva Ola 
LABEL:  Nacional 
REVIEW:  Flavio Cianciarulo, aka Senor Flavio, is the long-time bass player for Argentina’s Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (LFC), one of the most popular and influential bands in the rock en Espanol movement.  Working as a solo artist, Flavio tends to emphasize the roots-rock side of his personality -- there’s plenty of the ska-rock sound that LFC made famous and some hip-hop influence, but Flavio also throws garage rock, punk, 50’s rock and even American country music into the mix.  This album really reminds me of the solo records that Mike Ness made while Social Distortion was on hiatus -- a lot like his band, just a bit less hard rock and a bit more Americana.  Flavio is a guy who really knows how to write a hook -- most of the songs on here are catchy as hell.  Despite the fact that all the songs are in Spanish, this is a disc that would sound great on a lot of WRIR’s rock programs, especially the ones that emphasize roots, twang and punk (I’m thinking 12 Fluid Ounces, Anna G’s Breakfast Blend, Salad Days, Gutter Satisfaction).  Check it out, it’s very much worthwhile. 
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