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The good vibes of stand-alone gvitar: Yendo al cine solo Jose Manuel Aguilera MW records. (CD Player).

Guitarist Jose Manuel Aguilera is one of the most consistent Mexican artists on the pop music scene. His name has been related to some of the most important rock projects since the 1980s. Years of experience, directly linked to the making of local rock history, have provided him with the platform to stand out as a bright soloist. Aguilera's first solo project, "Yendo al cine solo" proves it.

The album is rich and dense without the pretentiousness of other good guitarists who presume a status they don't yet hold. Instead of giving full attention to the guitar, Aguilera allows other sounds to be part of the melody. The result is a moving array of musical colors that cover everything from blues to ambient, lounge, high-tech and soundscaping.

There is no abuse of the wah-wah pedal nor of special effects as in many other solo albums by gifted guitar players, whose main intention seems to be to show off their speed rather than their ability to transmit feeling. Aguilera is skilled enough to balance his work with equally talented contributing artists such as Cafe Tacuba's Quique Rangel, on double bass, and fellow La Barranca members Alfonso Andre and Federico Fong.

Aguilera's name has been on the scene since his pioneering days with cult band Sangre Azteka, and it gained even more recognition when he started doing international tours with Caifanes. His experimental touch gave avant-garde band Nine Rain an extra ingredient of exoticism. More recently, his records with La Barranca have made a solid impression on a new generation of rock players.

This solo project not only represents a natural step in his artistic evolution, but also places Aguilera far above his collective work, resulting in the presentation of a mature artist and a great soloist.

As though it were the work of a virtuoso (although he has not yet reached that stature), Aguilera goes from mood to mood in a very personal, sometimes intimate way, like in the seductive lounge-type Asa Nisi Masa.

However, the best moment is probably a bluesy tribute to Jaime Lopez, one of Mexico's best lyricists, titled "Aconsejado por la Muerte."

The album's title track, along with the ambient-sounding "Astrolabio" and the soundscape "Dulce Geisha" also deserve to be on the honor list.

Aguilera also tried his hand at singing with a Caetano Veloso song, "Etc.", as well as on a couple of other tracks, one in English and one in Spanish. And the result clearly shows that he was made to play, not sing.

Aguilera should take Frank Zappa's album "Shut up and play your guitar," as a good example not only of the joy of going to the movies alone, but also of the pleasures of letting the guitar speak for itself.
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Author:Ramos, Jose Fernandez
Publication:Business Mexico
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1MEX
Date:Mar 1, 2002
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