The Bottom Line
- Virtuoso string guitar performances
- "Perdoname"'s lovely vocal harmonies
- "I Never Cared For You" with Willie Nelson
- 14 tracks of dynamic flamenco-rock fusion
- Guest artist: Willie Nelson
- Produced by Rick & Mark Del Castillo, Carl Thiel
- Released on Smilin' Catle Records
Guide Review - CD Review - Del Castillo - Brotherhood
Del Castillo quickly caught the imagination of Austin's musical community and the admiration of such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, performing on the soundtracks of Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Kill Bill Vol.2.
Brotherhood is their third album and is an exciting collection of tracks that demonstrate exceptional guitar virtuosity and vocals in both Spanish and English. The opening song, "Arena al Viento" echos with the sound of Granada’s gypsy grottos, in both the instrumental and vocal stylings. Fused with rock, the track is a whirlwind of sound.
“Quiereme” and “Perdoname” are ballads with scrumptious vocal harmonies; “Maria” (why are all the great songs about Maria?) is a more upbeat ballad accompanied by a strong rhythm section and castanets. “I Never Cared For You” includes guest vocalist Willie Nelson (who also wrote the song).
This is such a musically satisfying album. I love roadtrips, and Brotherhood is going to be at the top of the list of special, charged, driving music I'm taking along on the next one.