It’s best if you start by throwing away everything you think you know about the kindie genre. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band has been at this game for a long time, racking up Grammy and Emmy awards along the way. They’re easily one of my favourite bands. This summer they released Made In LA and completely rewrote the playbook.
You don’t have to have lived in Los Angeles to be able to appreciate an album like this. Although I will admit that having a familiarity with the city of angels will definitely deepen your listening experience. If you haven’t been you can start with this album to give you your first tour of LA; the Silverlake stairs, Echo Park, LA Brea Tar Pits (a family favourite of ours for sure.) Other songs aren’t explicitly about a place but convey a particular vibe from the city, be it the Palatero Man, or a whimsical fairy tale of “that one time” it rained in LA.
Each track in the album is a different genre, a different feel, and a different topic. This could feel very disjointed if not so expertly woven into the fabric of the album in its entirety. It reminds me of the different cultures and lifestyles that work together to make Los Angeles a unique experience. (I’m not arguing that LA is the only multicultural city, but that each one is going to have it’s own vibe.) To create a love letter to Los Angeles with only one style would be to misunderstand the city completely.
Picking a favourite track would be like picking a favourite neighbourhood; there are some which draw you in more than others but the rest surprise you and you find them endearing. Maybe they teach you something you didn’t know or maybe they surprise you with an unexpected vibe. I certainly didn’t expect to bop along to a song about being stuck in Traffic, nor did I expect to fall sway to the starry-eyed opener, The Magic Believers. If pressed I would say that my favourite song was Fiesta De La Brea but if you saw me sing along in the car you’d believe “I like them all” to be a more honest response.
I received this album free of charge for the purpose of this review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
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