Album Review of
De Ayer Para Siempre

Written by Joe Ross
August 29, 2019 - 11:24pm EDT
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Mexico has a very rich, intriguing musical tradition. Mariachis Los Camperos are a passionate band that presents beautifully orchestrated music featuring violins, trumpet, harp, the small vihuela guitar, the large guitarrón, and emotionally-charged vocalizing. Although the highly acclaimed Los Angeles-based band has released ten albums, “De Ayer Para Siempre” is the first under Jesús “Chuy” Guzmán’s leadership since the 2014 death of the band’s seminal founder Natividad “Nati” Cano. In various cancion ranchera (e.g. “Ya Lo Pagaras Con Dio” or “Viente Anos”) we hear the magnetic singers weeping romantically about love’s hopelessness. “Maria Bonita” (by Agustin Lara) is a traditional song that has been interpreted by many. “Vivir Sin Ti” paints a picture of a man’s loneliness while using a classic, syncopated huapango song form from central and eastern Mexico. The bolero medley (“Popurri Boleros”) begins with some rousing trumpet. Spain’s pasodoble influence is apparent in “Espana Cani,” a moving instrumental. I love the energy of exceptional mariachi music. This album is loaded with melodramatic passion, nostalgic feelings, and plenty of stirring cries of joy. The 39 pages of liner notes (in English and Spanish) will also help a listener obtain a greater appreciation of this splendid musical set and the mariachi tradition.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)