Freedom Is Free (LP)


Chicano Batman

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Amoeba Review

03/01/2017

As the country stews in its volatile division, with outrage crying from all corners, the title track off Chicano Batman's new album, Freedom Is Free, is perhaps one of the few healing salves to emerge in recent months. Both lyrically and musically, the track is unpatronizing in its optimism, yet still served with a slight dose of melancholy. Much like the rest of the album, the band's Latin-influenced garage rock is fused with a heavy R&B backbone. The drums are funky, crunchy, and would almost sound sampled were they not played with such live soul. The opening track, "Passed You By," is a neo-soul gem, with guitars that bring to mind the R&B guitar stylings of Curtis Mayfield and Steve Cropper while "The Taker Story," which criticizes man's presumed right over the land and its subsequent destruction, is like a relaxed James Brown track. Songs like "La Jura" and "Angel Child" bring to mind the psychedelic pop of '60s Rio De Janeiro, and the guitar and organ get pretty far out and fun on "Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)."


Daniel Tures, Hollywood 03/01/2017

This great East L.A. tropicalia-soul band really hit their stride on a compelling set of tunes that combine inspiring message and indomitable groove. Like Curtis Mayfield or War, they show that gentle, creative soul can pack a powerful punch. Music for our time and place.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Passed You By
Chicano Batman 03:27
2.
Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)
Chicano Batman 03:13
3.
Angel Child
Chicano Batman 03:19
4.
Freedom Is Free
Chicano Batman 04:03
5.
La Jura (Prelude)
Chicano Batman 01:19
6.
La Jura
Chicano Batman 03:57


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Flecha Al Sol
Chicano Batman 02:40
2.
Jealousy
Chicano Batman 03:38
3.
Right Off The Back
Chicano Batman 01:19
4.
Run
Chicano Batman 04:48
5.
The Taker Story
Chicano Batman 05:27
6.
Area C
Chicano Batman 02:28

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