Cover: Los Bunkers On Silvio Rodriguez, 12 Times

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I'm usually open to cover songs. But I'll be honest: When I heard that the Chilean band Los Búnkers' upcoming album, Música Libre, contains 12 covers of legendary Cuban musician Silvio Rodriguez, I was like, OH, NO THEY DIDN'T.

Silvio Rodriguez is the Bob Dylan of Latin America. He has an instantly recognizable voice, with lyrics that are both philosophical and mundane on topics ranging from politics to love. His songs are so beautifully written, I've seen some of the toughest guys I know break down and cry when hearing a Silvio song.

To cover Silvio Rodriguez takes serious guts, because the original is that good. To cover 12 is a feat that's both arrogant and admirable. The band gets stellar production from Emmanuel Del Real of Café Tacuba, which might just make it work.

Anyway, the first cut from the album is out, and it's "Sueño con Serpientes," one of my favorite Silvio Rodriguez songs. Originally released in 1974, it tells the haunting tale of a man who dreams of snakes he cannot kill — or, in dreamspeak, of trouble to come: "I dream of snakes / snakes of the sea... long, transparent, and in their bellies they carry whatever they can steal from love / Oh oh oh, I kill it and a larger one appears..." It's Silvio's magical realism and the spirit of Latin struggle at its finest.

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Here's the version by Los Bunkers. Despite my fears, I think it's actually a good song, with a thick and persistent late-'60s rock sound that does justice to the nightmarish imagery. What do you think?

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Covers: Los Búnkers Hacen Una Canción De Silvio Rodriguez. Bueno, Doce.

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Generalmente estoy abierta a los remakes de películas y covers musicales (aunque en el fondo pienso que casi nunca son tan buenos como el original.) Y honestamente, cuando me enteré de que la banda Chilena Los Búnkers esta a punto de sacar un álbum titulado Música Libre, que contiene no un cover, sino DOCE covers del legendario Silvio Rodriguez, me sentí bastante escéptica.

Silvio tiene una voz reconocible, con letras que son tan filosóficas como mundanas, acerca de temas tan variados como la política y el amor. Hacer un cover de Silvio Rodriguez es una apuesta seria, ya que la versión original siempre va a ser excelente. Hacer 12 covers de Silvio…es una propuesta que requiere tanto coraje, que es arrogante y a la vez admirable.

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El primer corte del álbum ya salió y se trata de “Sueño con Serpientes”, que vaya coincidencia, es una de mis canciones favoritas de Silvio Rodriguez. Escrita en 1974, las letras de esta canción son una joya del cantautor Cubano, llenas de realismo mágico y del espíritu de la constante lucha que se vive en America Latina.

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Y aquí les paso la versión de Los Bunkers.

A pesar de mis miedos, no esta mala la canción. Tiene ese sonido persistente de rock and roll de los años 60, apropiado para vestir las imagines dantescas de la letra.

¿Qué les parece?

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