¡Trucha! Mickey y Sus CarnalezPosted: May 19, 2010
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¡Trucha! is the lastest CD by Mickey Mendoza and her Conjunto – Los Carnalez. That’s right folks, in a genre dominated by males, Mickey is making a name for herself by recording music that is pure Conjunto music. Her sophomore effort I believe shows how she has improved technically (on her squeezebox) as well as vocally. She is creating her own unique style. She is a favorite on Conjuntoislife.com because she has maintained the “Homie” style that is a big part of the network. This is evident in the title of the album. “Trucha” is a slang term that means “watch out!” (it is also a trout, but there is nothing fishy about this album! lol) Feel free to leave your own comments if you like!
About the CD
The artwork is fabulous, she has maintained the “homie” look with an elegant black backdrop, with her band in matching shirts and tanditos, very cool. The logo on the back cover is an original that has an “Aztec” feel that is prevalent in the Chicano style that homies represent.
I need to give the band props for taking the time to add the upside down “!” in “¡Trucha!” and the “ñ” in Cariño, Mañana, Años, (and the “é” in “Mañana me Iré”) this shows an attention to detail that is sometimes ignored by Conjunto artists. We don’t always get the Spanish right, but this is a way to show you care!
Wow, the recording quality is great! Great job by Noel Cavazos and JR Santos. The instruments sound great and I compliment Gabriel Lara (Bajo Sexto) for being open to adding Conjunto veterano Ramon “Rabbit” Sanchez as a special guest. There is a nice little write up about him on the inside cover, and again this shows a love and respect for the music and the carnalismo that should exist between musicians. The bajo sexto rocked on this CD! There is a good variety of songs, Conjunto standards and some I hadn’t heard before. Here is a brief recap of the songs on the CD
1. La Palma y Mi Amor – ¡Puro Conjunto!
2. Me Contaron Por Ahí ¡Un grito raza!
3. Cuchi Chuchi – a very catchy ranchera, one of my favorites on the CD
4. La Culebra – A charanga style song, great job with the vocals and gritos – ¡Trucha con la culebra homes!
5. Las Noches Las Hago Días Nice filler
6. Que Casualidad (Joe Bravo style, not Ramon Ayala) nice touch.
7. Flor de Capomo/Polka – Flor de Capomo was recorded by Carlos y José, as well as George y Mague. I loved this rendition by Mickey; although I almost expected it to be a polka the way it was written on the label. I am not sure what the name of the cool polkita she broke into is, if you know it write a comment!
8. Moreno de 20 Años – a cumbia (originally “Morena de 20 Años”, but that is the thing with female performers, you often have to change the words to fit the person singing!
9. 50 Balas One of the Carnalez sang this one!
10. Mañana me Iré ¡No llores Mickey! on this classic bolero
11. No Puedo Olvidar tu Cariño Nice job on the accordion and the harmonies.
12. One Night With You – The thing homies like almost as much as Conjunto….are oldies!
¡Trucha! shows a very solid effort by Mickey y Sus Carnalez, it is better than the last, and it seems that the sky is the limit. A Padrino Pick for sure! Dále Shine!