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CD REVIEW: Mauro - IC2
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT

Artist: Mauro
Genre: World
CD Review:
'there cries a voice from Big Mountain / listen with your heart / listen with your brain / elders are suffering / resisting on their own land'. And that's from 'Amerika', sported with a slightly UK accent and a Pet Shop Boys delivery fresh from the factory. Mauro is political, but he also knows how to write some damn catchy tunes that won't stoop to turn themselves off. I have a feeling from the subjects he writes about that here is a Native American, or at Least one who has that spirit and excited desire to right old wrongs. Sure beats an hour's worth of love songs that anyone can write. His 'Come With Me' is sprinkled with some bagpipe sounds but way in the back, don't worry that really help out; such an individual sound this guy has. A sense of purpose, a heroic outlook, a dramatic mountain climb up into the larger than this life topics that have kept Yes around for 30 years. But Mauro is more accessible than progressive music, and knows how to keep the listener in touch and listening. Anyone who isn't impressed by 'Initiate' must listen to too much metal and doesn't perceive his backyard view very often.

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