Bailar y Llorar, Teleradio Donoso

Oveja Negra, Chile ****1/2
Rating: 93
By Carlos Reyes

To dance crying or to cry dancing, Teleradio Donoso makes a quick move releasing their sophomore album full of nostalgia and rhythm. In their latest album, The Killers talked about how America was raising a new generation of dancers, Teleradio Donoso’s approach to reach common ground inclines to individual change, about the joy of love and its painful desolation, and of course the physical manifestation of such broad feelings. They had shown signs of vanguard in their debut album Santiago, which placed them on a level of critical acclaim as high as that of fellow Chilean Javiera Mena, but I had no idea of this catatonic vision they now embody. From start, one must highlight the lead singer’s distinctive, arousing and affecting voice; coming from someone who sees voice as another instrument, leader Alex Anwandter  is polishing his talent to create a real marvel. Bailar y Llorar is ultimately resonant to the idealism of gender and its urgent collision with age.

Captures the exceptional ideal to let feelings be known without regret, with such open margins, the songs expand to a range of pleasure and fears. It’s been a while since the first single “Amar en el Campo” hit the internet, it’s a touching piece that tackles on the moment one gets tired of humanity and needs to find some organic stability, one the metropolis can’t offer and so camping is the way to go. The trip might take a while, but life and everything has a cycle, eventually reaching the right moment to embrace a relationship. There is a great sexual vibe in “Cama de Clavos”, which associates a dancing practice, the rollercoaster of feelings love evokes, to the metaphysics of the supposedly magical trick of a bed of nails: where the body stands lay down on top of it, the nails are not able to penetrate the body as the weight is distributed throughout.

The album gives plenty of chances to exhilarate your pain or happiness, but most especially, it whispers into the ear that it is perfectly okay to let those feelings invade the body. In “Eramos Felices”, it warns the listener that this in fact is a “delicate balance” and remembers the beautiful moments of an unspecified past. It’s quite cynic and tragically honest, in stressful conditions like those of today, why not look back into a time of joy? The next track “Las niñas de la cuadra” resolves that question but unfortunately outcomes a depressing realization of time and gender. The song tells how as kids, it was perfectly fine for girls to come over to a boy’s house, as they grew up older, they become ghosts as the fathers and morality get in the way, “Era hora de olvidarse de los niños que son tristes.”

No one should ever make perfect songs, and no one should ever call on them, but “Granada” merits this distinction as it is a jaw-dropping hunting song I can hardly get out of my head. Here it goes: Get intoxicated until you see Jesus Christ, confront him, see if you can get over the ghosts you’ve been carrying around, dance along, cry along, destroy yourself, solve the puzzle, be a star and fly, if nothing soothes the pain get yourself a grenade and kill the fucking ghost with it, free yourself. This second half of the album is pure bohemia, like a healing process that concludes with “Yo no se nada del mundo”, the moment to put everything together, moment of realization before a new cycle of crying and dancing.  

This album might be hard to get physically, it took long enough to get a proper release in Chile, the single was out about 6 months prior to the album’s release, which was officially presented last month, which in music blogging culture transcends as a 2009 album, and it’s THE pop-rock album to beat this year. We’re hoping a label somewhere in North America picks it up, it’s worth it. 

♫♫♫ "Granada"


  1. La portada se parece mucho a la de The Rapture, pero musicalmente, honestamente esta banda esta mucho mejor!

    Granada es bellisima, me lo voy a descargar, pues no hay de otra, cuando lo editen lo compro jajajjajajaja (eso digo siempre)

    besitos charlitos, cuando hay que mandarte la boleta de ganadores, avisa

  2. Glad to know you liked it so much, it's two great halves of music. I had been waiting long enough for it, like I had said before, these guys are my favorite Chilean band nowadays.

  3. alli: en efecto, todos hacen esa observacion... ya a mediados o finales de la semana les mando la info!

    jean: man, thanks for passing this cd to me, it had been a while since i had heard amar en el campo, glad to know the full album lives up to the hype, although I feel, no review had given it justice, in terms of how great this really is.

  4. Algo tardío el review, aunque pensándolo bien nunca es tarde para hablar de un grupo como Teleradio Donoso.

  5. tardio?

    fue presentado en diciembre del 2008, a penas me llego hace poco a mi, pues lo compre y tardo varias semanas para llegar, y luego se lo pase a carlos.

  6. Se estreno en Septiembre, igual pueden variar las fechas por los paises, y el primer sencillo ("Amar en el campo") estuvo desde Julio. Fue uno de los temas que más oi el año pasado.

  7. en realidad la salida del disco fue una odisea, como menciono carlos el sencillo suena viejo, conozco los videos tambien, pero todo indicaba que seria un disco de pasadita, con todo y que salio un integrante, el disco no fue oficialmente presentado hasta diciembre, desconozco si haya sido editado antes en otro pais, supongo que no pues todavia no los exportan creo, aunque ya estaba en toda la red filtrado antes del lanzamiento, asi que en estos momentos es lo mas hot en chile (para los que si nos esperamos a el orginal claro)

    ademas me toco verles en mi ultimo viaje, y quede encantado

  8. posss si tú lo dices, es así. yo había manejado la fecha que tenía hace tiempo por la red y tengo un par sueltas.. pos tendré que verificar mis fuentes jejeje saludos

  9. Pues yo no se eso de fechas, si es que anda desde Septiembre me tendre que dar un cachetadon jajaja, "Amar en el campo" formo parte de lo mejor de mitad del 2008 cuando lo hicimos en Agosto, pero les perdi de vista hasta el mes pasado que empezaron a brotar las criticas en los sitios anunciando nuevo disco.

    Jean, again thanks!

  10. Wow. Very exciting songs, let's see if I can get hold of the full album here in Europe. Thanks a lot!

  11. quiero bajar este disco no lo puedo encontrar! ayuda por favor...