Mariachi El Bronx II LP
The second album under The Bronx's alter egos, Mariachi El Bronx.
Mariachi El Bronx (II) bristles with intensity, drama and emotion –hallmarks of both mariachi and punk music. The 12-song collection contemplates the nature of love – a traditional topic in mariachi music, as men often hire bands to serenade the women they are courting– but Mariachi El Bronx brings a unique sensibility to the subject. The album opener “48 Roses” paints a picaresque portrait of a man with an insatiable appetite for love, while “Revolution Girls” details a border romance and “Poverty’s King” concerns a man trying to overcome class distinctions with a catchy come-on. A more somber note is struck in the tale of a fallen “Matador” and the bittersweet “Everything Dies”.“Mariachi El Bronx”, a tour-de-force instrumental, features Reyna de Los Angeles, America’s first all female mariachi ensemble.
Track list: 48 Roses Great Provider Revolution Girls Fallen Norteño Lights Mariachi El Bronx Map Of The World Bodies Of Christ Poverty's King Everything Dies Spread Thin
Praise for Mariachi El Bronx (II): "As soulful and finely crafted as their debut of sorts, II is a glorious record." 8/10 - Rock Sound
"It can be no surprise that the group's second effort in this style is a triumph of both authenticity and quality, of fine songs and tasteful playing." 8/10 - Kerrang!