Album Review: Guitarrista by Ciro Hurtado

Album Name: Guitarrista
Artist: Ciro Hurtado
Year/Label: 2009 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I maybe didn’t go into this one with a completely open mind. I tend to dread reviewing instrumental music because I am so much more drawn to lyrics and stories and poetry in music. In many cases the “music” is just the delivery system. (though not all…Radiohead for example, I have no idea what he’s saying most of the time, but I love love love it)

That said, this album enchanted me much than I expected it would. Not only do I struggle with instrumentals, I’m a fan more of piano than guitar. But there’s something about that flamenco/Latin frenetic guitar sound that energizes me and this album has that by the truckload.

Ciro Hurtado is clearly a very talented guitarist. There’s so much emotion in each note.

While I’m not going to do into the intricacies of this record (because I am sorely lacking in knowledge of all that) I’m going to say that it’s a great accessory for setting the mood whether it be a nice dinner party or just cranking it up with headphones and daydreaming.

Track Listing
1. Cuentos de Chacarera
2. La Ayacuchanita
3. Para Amanda
4. Para Que No Me Olvides
5. Para Mi Amigo
6. Agua Dulce
7. Spanish Heart
8. Paisajes
9. Ayahuasca
10. Rayito de Sol
11. Un Adios

[Ciro Hurtado Official Site]

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