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Album review: Wait. Think. Fast's 'Luces Del Sur'

August 9, 2010 |  6:35 pm

Waitthinkfast_175 Wait. Think. Fast seems like the kind of band that should be commonplace in Los Angeles. 

Singer-pianist Jacqueline Santillan shifts between Spanish and English vocals with an inviting casualness, an approach to contemporary pop that takes a multi-ethnic view for granted. Rare indeed is a band that so comfortably executes West Coast traditions, be it the SoCal country of “Trouble,” the working-class guitar vamp of “Covina,” the Latin lament of “Jornaleras” or the orchestral, Hollywood-ready grandeur of “Bad Night.” 

There’s a slight risk, perhaps, that the trio could surrender to its more maudlin tendencies on future albums. “Look Alive,” for instance, with its antiseptic mid-tempo beats and feel-better positivity seems tailor-made for TV dramas. 

For now, however, the act’s grasp of a melody and subtle genre-crossing instrumentation ultimately wins out. Think of it as the musical equivalent of Los Angeles sprawl -- without the headaches.

—Todd Martens

Wait. Think. Fast
Luces Del Sur
Three stars (Out of four)

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