9/10 Brian Staff review, 16 September 2010
After the Spanish civil war that fascist twat Franco made life pretty uncomfortable for many, many people. And like the oppressive, nazi shit he was, he, like Hitler, banned any art, cinema, books & music he didn't particularly approve of. Which was probably a great deal as these strutting sociopathic gimps always have pretty narrow taste in culture. 'Las Canciones Populares Espanolas' was a half-forgotten collection of pre-war Spanish folk songs that was recorded by Federico Garcia Lorca (with La Argentinita) in 1931 and subsequently banned. Young Josie & her beau Victor have dusted off these beloved treasures and re-arranged them on this album, castanets in tow. What follows is an album rich in romance, drama & authenticity. I know little about Spanish music but this is a really down-to-earth bag of spirited tunes that leaves me feeling relaxed & happy. Which given that I'm a raging tension head half the time must be a hearty recommendation!!
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