Q - 10/99, p.1203 stars out of 5
- "...shows the band at their most melodic; 'La Feista Eres Tu' offers an accordian-led vallanato, while the jumping 'Corrida De La Soberbia' rounds off a sparkling romantic set with a flash of political anger."
CMJ - 7/19/99, p.25
"...takes listeners on a sensual musical trip....their songs of romance are absolutely ageless."
Dirty Linen - 2-3/00, p.86
"...focusing primarily on lush romantic ballads, the bulk of which were composed by leader Horacio Salinas and lyricist Patricio Manns....a vibrant passionate listening experience."
Inti-Illimani: Horacio Salinas (vocals, guitar, requinto, cajon);
Daniel Cantillana (vocals, violin, viola); Pedro Villagra (vocals, flute, soprano saxophone); Jorge Ball (vocals, flute); Marcelo Coulon (vocals, bass); Jorge Coulon (vocals); Efren Viera (clarinet, conga, bongo, maracas);
Horacio Duran (charanga).
Recorded at Estudio Del Sur, Santiago, Chile in June & July 1998.
Personnel: Horacio Salinas (vocals, guitar, baritone guitar, requinto); Daniel Cantillana (vocals, violin, viola); Pedro Villagra (vocals, flute, soprano saxophone); Jorge Ball, Jorge Ball Bargas (vocals, flute); Jorge Coulon, Marcelo Coulon (vocals); Horacio Dur n (charango); Ximena Aguila (violin); Alberto Castillo, Mauricio Torres (viola); Gabriel Salinas, Victor Hugo Campusano (accordion); Efr‚n Manuel Viera (clarinet, congas, bongos, maracas).
Recording information: Estudio Del Sur (06/26/1998-07/11/1998); Estudio Del Sur, Santiago, Chil (06/26/1998-07/11/1998).
Photographers: Antonio Larrea; Michel Delsol.
Arrangers: Horacio Dur n; Horacio Salinas.
When Amar de Nuevo was recorded in Santiago, Chile, in 1998, Inti-Illimani had been together for 31 years. But the Chilean band was showing no signs of losing its freshness. After all those years, Inti-Illimani was still taking chances and continued to experiment with a variety of Latin styles. The music of South American Indians -- Chilean and Peruvian as well as Bolivian -- was still Inti-Illimani's foundation, and the band was still uniting that foundation with styles from all over Latin America. On this CD, South American music is successfully fused with everything from Afro-Cuban salsa ("Negra Presuntuosa," "La Fiesta Eres Tu") to Mexican ranchero ("Corrido de la Soberbia"). On the instrumental "Entre Amor," the Chileans combine Andean music with elements of tango. Those who have admired the band's previous releases will find Amar de Nuevo to be equally rewarding. ~ Alex Henderson