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  • Palimpsesto [Redwood, 1984] B+
  • Arriesgaré la Piel/I Will Risk My Skin [Xenophile, 1996] Dud

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Palimpsesto [Redwood, 1984]
Exiled in Italy since the 1972 coup, these Andean traditionalists from Chile have softened their conception just like so many other folk professionals--compare this to the austere 1971 Canto Para una Semilla. So it's not surprising that the lead cut here is an original composition that sounds like French soundtrack music played on exotic flutes and strings. What is surprising is that it makes you want to see the movie--and that except perhaps during "Danza," the instrumental which opens side two, the group's romanticism is somewhat less winning when expressed more "authentically." B+

Arriesgaré la Piel/I Will Risk My Skin [Xenophile, 1996] Dud