21. Bolivia — ‘Frenesí’ by Efecto Mandarina
I like this. I had never heard of this band — or any Bolivian act, to be fair — and maybe it’s not what I expected, but I like it.
It’s almost entirely sung in Spanish, and it flows between jazz and rock. It does sound a bit early 90’s jazz — is that a thing? and if so, is it a bad thing? — and I often get some hotel lounge vibes, but every now and then there’d be an instant of brilliance. I just wish they were a bit more often, those moments. There’s a lot of energy, but it is from a very comfortable place, playing it safe.
For my taste, I’d have liked to hear a bit more experimentation, maybe a bit more electronic stuff, maybe more playing with the production — make it less predictable. But I’m convinced the bad is great in concert — I would pay to see them in concert if they ever came to London.
Overall, the album does let you intrigued and hungry for more. And that’s more than enough, nowadays.