Picks and Pans Review: Flaco Jimenez
If the thump of robotic party music has worn out the rug in the rec room of your brain, consider recarpeting with wall-to-wall Flaco. The merry squeal of the 55-year-old Texan's accordion refreshes frayed nerves better than a toe wiggle in deep polyester pile.
Flaco means skinny in Spanish, but Jimenez is a heavyweight in Texas Chicano (or Tejano) music. Joined on individual cuts by vocalist Raul Malo of the Mavericks and solo artists Radney Foster and Lee Roy Parnell, Jimenez and his electrified band rollick, frolic and swing. About the only mistake in an album that otherwise cries crossover is a failure to translate the Spanish lyrics. But can those who don't speak Spanish still enjoy the CD? To translate the title of the opening song, "Seguro Que Hell Yes": "Sure, What the Hell, Yes!" (Arista/Texas)