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Gustavo Santaolalla - Camino / Audiophile Audition review

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I am not at all sure this is a "classical" CD but nor is it "popular music."  Like most of Argentina native Gustavo Santaolalla's music, this solo set falls in a lovely but hard to describe middle ground. In fact, I am not sure too many American listeners are familiar with him at all except, perhaps, for his film scores.

In fact, that is the portion of Santaolalla's output I am most familiar with and I really like it. His scores for such films as Brokeback Mountain, 21 Grams and Babel are, like the films, themselves, introspective, beautiful and sad. In fact, Santaolalla even collaborated with Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov on sections of his opera, Ainadamar.

This collection of short works by Santaolalla is a bit like a coffeehouse set where each work is played by the composer and multi-tracked to allow him to do it all – guitar, keyboards, pipes, small percussion, etc. He is, indeed, a talented man whose guitar playing has always struck me as very fine and so "Spanish"; a sound I love.  READ THE FULL Audiophile Audition REVIEW