Gotan Project – La Revancha del Tango (2001)
On any list of ‘top 5 current TV characters,’ surely the name Ron Swanson must be included.
His dead-pan delivery on Parks & Recreation is hilarious, his moustache is legendary, his quotes are full of wit & wisdom.
A personal favourite, conveniently displayed in meme form:
I usually agree with the Pawnee Parks & Rec Director (and Nick Offerman, the actor who portrays him, though it’s sometimes tough to tell where the real person ends and the character begins!).
For maximum enjoyment of La Revancha del Tango, I’d suggest listening half-ass while doing something else with the remainder of said ass.
For me, that’s not necessarily a knock against the album, it’s just a question of context.
Think of the dance from the album name, the tango. It is a dance: the dancers don’t sit around listening intently to every note, they move with a partner to the music.
Ditto the other genre heard here, electronica. I haven’t been frequenting many clubs recently (the schedule with a 2-month old doesn’t really lend itself to ‘clubbing’), but I don’t remember too many people standing around, quietly dissecting the instrumentation of a given song. When In Da Club (thanks 50, rather fiddy, Cent), people dance.
There’s plenty of danceable material to work with here. The combination of tango + electronica also gives it a unique feel. It’s a pairing I didn’t expect would work so well and I’m pleased to report that for the past week, it’s been transforming our home kitchen into a lounge atmosphere!
The diminishing marginal returns provide another reason that this album works well in a supporting role: since I admittedly wasn’t dancing up a storm while listening, when listening attentively, I found the tango/electronica novelty peaked early.
A peak not unlike a Malcolm Gladwell book: he generally makes a clever argument early on, comparing seemingly unrelated things, but then proceeds to hammer the message home for 300+ pages.
Some may appreciate such repetition; I find once you’ve convinced me that you’re on to something, quit while you’re ahead.
So I will try to take my own advice and wrap it up before the novelty of my unlikely and (self-declared) clever pairing of Ron Swanson & Gotan Project wears thin.
Perhaps if Parks & Recreation focused exclusively on Ron Swanson, the character wouldn’t be as effective. As a supporting player however, he shines.
As does Gotan Project, supporting dinners & dances with style since 2001.