Album Name: Outside Casa
Year/Label: 2006 / Independent
Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
In a word: Fun!
One thing is for sure, Laguna! sounds like they’re having a blast on this record and they’re bringing us along for the ride.
I’m a big fan of the old style light jazzy artists, your Sergio Mendez, Tijuana Brass, etc. Laguna is in a similar vein. It’s not exactly the same, but they have a great loungy, jazzy feel that reminds me of that great old stuff. There’s also a hint of 80s dancy jazz music here as well. Especially on track one, “Stop it All”. I’m having a little Basia flashback.
I’m digging Lydia Nor’s sort of carefree, joyful vocals. They’re kind of swoopy at times which may make it sound like the note has not exactly been hit, but it’s fun enough it doesn’t matter. She also wrote the lyrics on all the songs.
“Leave You Behind” has a real 60s feel to it. I want to have a cocktail party.
“Modern Day Mystic” makes me want to dance.
This is a nice fun, jazzy record that I think many will enjoy.
Posted on February 15, 2006
1. Stop it All
3. Stay Where You Are
5. Leave You Behind
6. Watch Your Back
7. Sunday Samba
8. Modern Day Mystic
9. Around You