Magazine article New Internationalist

Maldito Tango

Magazine article New Internationalist

Maldito Tango

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Maldito Tango

by Daniel Melingo (Manana WN145147 CD)

With a sideways lurch of an accordion sigh, it becomes immediately clear why Daniel Melingo, musician and Buenos Aires bohemian, has titled his second album Maldito Tango, 'Accursed Tango'. This collection of prowling, lunfardo slang-inflected songs concentrates on an imagined lowlife of Buenos Aires. With a growl that is somewhere to the south of Tom Waits, Nick Cave and even Jacques Brel, the grey-grizzled Melingo paints an evocative portrait of romance at the dark end of the street.

Tango, whatever its form, is one of the most studied forms of passion. Theatricality is its lifeblood. And so it's no surprise that Maldito Tango is a masterpiece of staging: birdsong twitters through 'Eco il Mondo'; a double bass saws a riff through 'Cha Digo! …

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