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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rare Bird Rumba Ranch: Pornos For Peace Keepers

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On its first album, Bull Feathers (Jerk Shack Records, 2004), The Rare Bird Rumba Ranch unveiled its combination of Tex-Mex, bubbling Latin rhythms, knotty jazz saxophone, and oddball, even silly lyrics. On Pornos For Peace Keepers , these Rare Birds solidify and refine their approach, only this time their lyrics are edgier and more political.

This rhythm section fairly bursts with energy, as bassist Taylor Bergren-Chrisman and percussionist Greg Stare generate both heat and light, carrying momentum throughout ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rare Bird Rhumba Ranch: Bull Feathers

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Blending Tex-Mex with merengue, rhumba with Afro-Cuban influences, all with a keen sense of the absurd, the Rare Bird Rhumba Ranch is a schtick band that, while clearly limited in its appeal, has a certain zest, an infectious panache that makes it an engaging listen. And while there is a certain cerebral nature to their music, Bull Feathers is equally filled with danceable rhythms that would make them an entertaining band to experience live. But there is a cost; more ...