Pura Vida Conspiracy
Label: ATO Records (AT0)
Borders are scars on the face of the planet," one of Eugene Hutz's smartest lyrics ever, comes on the opening "We Rise Again," which starts with an acoustic Aerosmith boogie, adds George Thorogood-style slide guitar and follows with a double-time breakdown in Portuguese. These one-of-a-kind ragtags still crave new sounds and languages endlessly. Pure Vida Conspiracy ramps their sound back up hard, juggling more styles than ever: "Dig Deep Enough" is mournful cumbia reggae, while the single "Malandrino" is almost hardcore polka, with the simplest credo ever: "I was born with singing heart!