Getting to finally listen to “Se Nos Fue La Mano” in 2015 felt like nothing short of a minor miracle. The long-awaited debut by Alegría Rampante began gestating a decade ago as discarded songs intended for Superaquello, singer-songwriter Eduardo Alegría’s previous (and hugely influential) alt-rock group, responsible in large part for birthing our current music scene.
Epic in scope like very few other records released last year, this concept album about the decline of Puerto Rican civilization goes from peak-Radiohead guitar freakouts to hushed, confessional balladry, leaving no musical stones unturned on the way to its 80s-inspired gospel choir conclusion.
Cleverly written and bravely performed, it is a record that will stand the test of time and provide us with questions and answers for years to come.
♪♫ Listen: “El Recipiente/Tsunami” + album stream
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