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by Dan Grote

I wish I remembered more of the three semesters of Spanish I took in college. Because if Café Tacuba’s lyrics are as good as their music, that would make their latest disc into some kind of supertreat.

Though sung entirely en espanol, to label Café Tacuba as Latin music would be an unfair generalization. Cuatro Caminos is a rock album, pure and simple. An alt-rock album at that; think Smashing Pumpkins without Billy Corgan’s unearned pretentiousness.

From the opening guitar chords of “Cero y Uno,” the Mexican four-piece parties like it’s 1996, with music as disarmingly silly as the chick cluck lyrics and Nintendo keyboards of “Eo” to the almost childlike wonderment of “Mediodia.”

“Eres” is a fine combination of blues and fink, while “Recuerdo Prestado” paces itself on a ska rhythm and frontman Elfego Buendia’s Srummer-lite snarl. There’s even some trip-hoppy chill-out music, courtesy of the ethereal “Encantamiento Inutil.” 

As for palpable American influences on the band’s sound, it should be noted that the band has no actual drummer, and that a sizeable portion of the album’s percussion work was handed over to studio drummer Joey Waronker, best known for his work with Beck. Also, sharing a production credit (as well as a nod for orchestration on the closing track, “Hola Adios”) is Dave Fridmann, the man who helped the Flaming Lips mastermind last year’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

VERDICT: Café Tacuba is just one more reason more Americans need to learn Spanish. Cuatro Caminos is a sheer joy, even with a language barrier, and proof that the English language does not have rock music in a stranglehold, no matter what this country (or England) would have you believe.

CD Info 

Label: MCA Records
Cero Y Uno
Que Pasara
Camino Y Vereda
Soy O Estoy
Encantamiento Inutil
Recuerdo Prestado
Puntos Cardinales
Tomar El Fresco
Hoy Es
Hola Adios
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Posted by amor violento:
Cero Y Uno Eo Mediodia Que Pasara Camino Y Vereda Eres Soy O Estoy Encantamiento Inutil Recuerdo Prestado Puntos Cardinales Desperte Tomar El Fresco Hoy Es Hola Adios Revés Locomotora Muerte Chiquita Dos Niños No Controles Ojalá Que Llueva Café Cómo Te Extraño Mi Amor Chilanga Banda Ciclón Flores Esa Noche Ingrata Puñal y el Corazón El Baile Y El Salon Aparato Pinche Juan Rarotonga Batallas Persianas María Chica Banda La Dos 1. El Aparato 2. La Ingrata 3. La Pinta 4. El Ciclon 5. El Borrego 6. 24 Horas 7. Ixtepec 8. El Metro 9. Tropico de Cancer 10. Madrugal 11. Esa Noche 12. Pez 13. Verde 14. El Fin De La Infancia 15. La Negrita 16. El Tlatoani Del Barrio 17. El Baile Y El Salon 18. El Balcon 19. Las Flores 20. El Puñal y el croazon 1. Chilanga Banda 2. Metamorfosis 3. No Controles 4. No Me Comprendes 5. Alarmala De Tos 6. Perfidia - Instrumental 7. Ojala Que Llueva Cafe 8. Como Te Extrano Mi Amor 1. 11 2. 2 3. 9 4. 5 5. 3 6. 8 7. 10 8. 5.1 9. 13 10. M.C. - With Kronos Qua... 11. 6 12. 7 1. Noche Oscura 2. Batallas 3. Persianas 4. Rarotonga 5. Maria 6. Gometer Suicidio 7. Chica Banda 8. Catrin 9.Pinche Juan 10. Labios Jaguar 11. Debajo del Mar 12. Zonaja 13. Bar Tacuba 1. Déjate Caer 2. Olor a Gas 3. Amor Violento 4. Tírate Those are all the songs i like! ^u^

Posted by tt:
i love it

Posted by Ingrata:
cafetacvba is a great example of how far experimantion can be pleasan and good.

Posted by El Franco:
Eres is a good song but not one of their best... All their songs are worth listening especially on their latest album cuatro caminos. Try songs like eo, mediodia, tomar el fresco and from their album Re, La pinta is a good song along with las flores and la fin de la infancia, from the album Reves/yo soy on the first disc song 2 and 3 are great and on the second disc la locomotor. All the songs are great listen to them yourselves ur bound to find your favorite. Uno de mis bands favoritos

Posted by Cali Girl:
I have been trying to get the Lyrics to the song "Eres" by Cafe Tacuba. I have tried many different links but cannot find that song. Anyone here have the lyrics?

Posted by Tacubo:
Cafe Tacvba is the BEST band in Mexico! I have all the CD's. I must say that Cuatro Caminos is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! Every song in this CD is great. I was able to see them in concert this october and they were so good. I have been a fan since I was in 6th grade, now I am a junior in college. Their music is timeless and my favorite songs are Las Flores, El baile y el Salon and of course, La chica Banda! There is no other band like the Tacvbos!

Posted by Bella_gal:
Cafe tacuba is an awsome band and I have been a big fan for years now. The are truly very tanlented musisans... Los Queiero Un Chingo.. From N. cali keep pushing brown brothas!!

Posted by anahi:
I started listening to cafe tacuba since junior high, i'm now about to graduate from college, and still I find myself being a fan of this band. No matter how slow our fast their music is, i can't get enough of the cool style of music that they create. I strongly agree that their new CD is what makes them a sucessful band. From all the bands that are out there i must say that nothing will compare to the uniqueness that this band represents..... because their music represents what us mexicans go through in life through their own music...............that's all that there is to it. they are #1

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Posted by freacko6:
i love cafe tacuba. i love the eres song. i saw them this summer with maldita vecindad they were the BEST

Posted by evie:
well everyone talks about eres and altough it is a fantanticcally romantic cafe tacuba has many other romantics if not yet checked out album RE, and Reves yo soy are two most awsome albums but what can i say they are MI Banda Favorita.

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Posted by Suzette:
Cafe Tacvba es la mas chida banda en Mexico. Yotengo todos los Cd's de La Cafe Tacvba. La mas Favorita cancion es Esa Noche.

Posted by Lucy:
I really enjoy the Eres single but there are other greats songs on the disc, like Encantamiento innutil and Eo. Also check out cafe's previous like No Controles And Metamorphasis also La ingrata and El Locomotor. They are the best!!!!

Posted by Dayana:
All of Cafe Tacuba's songs are mesmerizing not just the song ERES. Try EL APARATO and LA PINTA.

Posted by cinthia aka twinkie:
Cafe Tacuba is the best especially with the song ERES-it totally rocks

Posted by kari:
I think cafe tacuba sogns are romantic like the song "eres"

Posted by Amber AKA BACARDI:
Eres is the best romantic song ever!It totally rocks!

Posted by FLACA or PUNK:
I love all Cafe Tacuba lyrics, Its the best band of all the good ones that still exist

Posted by Edmundo:
Ania, I'm working on translating the lyrics to Eres. I'll see if I can post it here soon.

Posted by Mundo:
Well Cafe Tacvba is the best rock band in Mexico.

Posted by Ania:
I think they are awsome. i really like "Eres", however i don't know Spanish so is kind of hard to understand those words, but I hope that some day i will find translation of that song.

Posted by Guera:
I'm not Guera I don't know why they call me that but is ok!!

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Posted by Tere:
I own all there albums, and they are all really good. And to all you sweet guys out there, i totally recomend the song 'Eres'! this is the best love song ever! Buy 'Cuatro Caminos'!!

Posted by Ruby:
Well so far I've only heard the song "eres" some where on tv. But I've already fallen in love with it.

Posted by Uno:
Yeap this band has been around for a while ever since I can remember. They are awsome, in their very own way.

Posted by Katherine:
I think this CD is mad cool i love it even though some people might think is weird for me to like spanish music, but this is a one-of-a-kind CD, it cant EVER be replaced by any CD in english.

Posted by Nemesis...:
The Radiohead of Mexico..

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Posted by Shayn:
These guys are okay, for what they do. Interesting and singular- very few bands doing what they're doing right now- but maybe because it's been done a little too much before.

Posted by Monarch:
My aunt used to listen to them. I wonder how good they are.



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