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En Este Momento
Bloodshot Records

Combining elements of pop, punk, mariachi, alt-rock, grunge, and rock en Espanol, Cordero's latest, En Este Momento, is filled with border laments and rave-ups, heavy latin-rock percussion and Spanish-influenced electric guitar riffs, mariachi-inspired trumpet solos and hard rock bass lines. Fronted by Georgia native (and the band's namesake) Ani Cordero, the Brooklyn-based quartet creates bilingual music infused with political undertones and laced personal revelations.

Beginning with the title track, En Este Momento alternates between Spanish- and English-language songs that range from the punk bass and drums of "Come On Dear" to the traditional latin folk guitar and classical strings of "La Piedra" - all anchored by Ani Cordero's sultry contralto, capable of both a jazzy lilt a la Sarah Vaughn and a tenacious rock 'n roll growl. The title track is a Spanish-language political rocker about oppression and the slow erosion of civil liberties in the post-9/11 world. Beginning with Cordero's measured guitar strums, "En Este Momento" soon develops into a full-on rocker with heavy, Pearl Jam-inspired bass and a punk-rock rhythm. "Gone In A Gamble," by contrast, is a jazzy border ballad about a lover's ultimatum laced with distorted guitar and reverb, while "Don't Let Them Destroy You" is a sobering political elegy about the realization that some people will never learn from their mistakes, never open their minds, never heed the lessons of history. The album's closer, "Don Julio," is another sonic contrast - a traditional Puerto Rican folktale with latin dance beat, mariachi trumpet, and simple electric guitar riff. In between, Cordero and company rock out, dance, and serenade equally adeptly.

The highlight of En Este Momento, however, is undoubtedly "Close Your House Down," a slow-burning rocker that finds the protagonist warning of a storm intent on destroying a certain individual for past misdeeds. A hybrid punk/alt-rock song, "Close Your House Down" finds the band building the tempo to a fever pitch of echoing drums and ominous bass, then slowing down to near silence before regaining momentum, catching the listener in its furious sonic winds and transporting her into the eye of the storm. "Close your house down/Lightning is searching for you/It's scorching bits of earth/all along the route", Cordero smolders as the tempo builds. Also of note is "Heart in Me" - a frenzied lover's lamentation featuring a mixture of latin and punk rhythms, a sultry, almost sinister, trumpet line, and rockabilly guitar licks. "Don't let the sun go down/with you so far from home/I've been here all this time/I've been here all alone", she croons over a rollicking melody.

Featuring stellar musicianship and centered around Ani Cordero's seductive vocals, En Este Momento is a musical journey into both rock en Espanol and American alt-rock - at times both febrile and tranquil, joyous and forlorn.

-Tracy M. Rogers

Track Listing:
1. En Este Momento
2. Heart in Me
3. Come On Dear
4. Matadora
5. La Piedra
6. Close Your House Down
7. Maria Elisa
8. Gone With a Gamble
9. Don't Let Them Destroy You
10. Mama Ven a Buscarme
11. Don Julio

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