Compilation album of the best songs released until 1998 by singer Luz Casal Maria Galicia (La Coruña, 1958), one of the most renowned soloists of light and popular music in Spain in the last decades. Her career was launched to stardom from the 80s and has surpassed five million albums sold (almost twenty studio albums, singles and compilations). This CD was preferably released to the Frencg public. It sold over 400,000 copies.
A new and fresh musical project has just arrived from the heart of Mexico. Luz de Riada offers more than only music, their compositions share a concept which makes the listener create their own images and stories. Their musical style may be difficult to define and label due to the richness of sounds, in Luz de Riada you will listen to a wonderful mixture of jazz elements, experimental music, avant-garde and progressive rock (among others) that create an eclectic and very original sound. In 2011, they released their debut album entitled "Cuentos y Fábulas", which has received positive feedback from Mexican press and fans.
If planning to investigate the work of Neal Casal, start here. The album, although a trifle long, is shot through with a genuine and varied musicality. There's a very real sense of play; explicitly with the amused outtakes of the artist's father navigating his way through approximate renditions of old boot camp favorites, and also the eponymous "Kid on Trumpet." Charm aside, Casal's own compositions really take flight on the venomous "No One Said a Word," the quietly foreboding "Basement Dreams," and the bluesy "I Run and Hide complete with distant harmonica.
Neal Casal's Anytime Tomorrow is arguably a slight step back from Basement Dreams, although more slickly produced. Some of the songs follow a predictable trajectory, while others are obvious in their borrowing of other artists' styles. The wistful/worshipful "No One Above You" is vaguely reminiscent of Eric Clapton's "Let It Grow," while other standout tracks are "Oceanview," which floats along with a gentle dream-like Beach Boys quality, and "Just Getting By," which could almost be a Ron Sexsmith number.
This extensive 18 track, nearly 80-minute compilation is an excellent and much needed summary of the plaintive singer/songwriter's rather turbulent career. An American who is much better known in Europe, Casal's eight albums and EPs over the titular decade show glimpses of brilliance amidst material slightly less stellar. In other words, his output is inconsistent, which makes this a perfect entry point for those who haven't tuned in previously. Possessing a lovely, lilting tenor voice – at times sounding like Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook – Casal is often compared to Jackson Browne and Neil Young due to introspective songs similar to the former ("Free Light of Day") and the ability to rock out when necessary with layered guitars ("Eddy & Diamonds") of the latter.
Even though Franz Joseph Haydn is widely credited as the father of the string quartet, the Casal Quartet makes a startling claim that the honor may belong to Franz Xaver Richter, whose seven String Quartets, Op. 5, seem to have determined the character of the genre, from their first performance by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf's quartet in 1757. Richter's quartets preceded Haydn's and Boccherini's earliest efforts by several years, suggesting that they were likely influential. Furthermore, the sophistication and polish of his Op. 5 suggests that he may well have composed other such quartets, though if he did, they are lost.