Cantinero Q & A
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Better For The Metaphor
NPR-Best CDs of 2008
"Cantinero has such an original sound where it just makes you stop and say, WOW! Variety is the spice of life and Cantinero loads this one up with tons of spice and surprises. Watch out music world, this Indie artist is coming strong!” . Jimmy Rae... click for more
"Cantinero is unique. It is highly unusual to find a songwriter so equally gifted in both composition and lyrics, but Chris Hicken is just that” .Rating: 5 Stars (Out of 5)... click for more
"Lights Went Out" is another classic pop tune you might swear you have heard before, the hooks so alive they burrow into your ear like those space slugs from Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan, though with, assuredly, a far more pleasurable result.” . Crispin Kott...
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" Cantinero mines some underutilized spectrums of the pop palette in ways that are especially notable for a contemporary male vocalist. You'll find a bit of the throwback, a bit of the timeless and a good deal of pure, unadulterated listening pleasure.” .Steve Klingaman... click for more
"A winning fusion of strummed acoustics and brawny ballads” with “deliciously poignant lyrics” ... Cila Warncke
“Bottom Line this is one of the most beautifully eclectic Cds in recent times”... Ullrich Maurer
“The trippy and addicting songs of Chris Hicken are hard to define, so we made up this word to do it : radicool”
“A prolific songwriter with a majestic voice, Hicken is raw, affecting and honest—a quality often lost in the melding pot of today’s music"... Sean Sullivan
Delusions of Adequacy
"Championship Boxing is like the perfect glass of lemonade on a hot sunny summer day" and "A perfect example of how to show the soul of what pop music is missing these days"...Jason Wilder
"Traveling the road of finding his niche in an ever-changing music industry, Hicken has found his home by simply being himself—truly original and dedicated to the music he wishes to create".
"Chris Hicken returns as an accomplished singer-songwriter".
"Fresh and sophisticated, strikes a poised balance between confessional acoustic singer-songwriting and a technology-focused approach to sound" ... Terry Grimley
"There is an overriding intensity, warmth and honesty in the tracks, you really feel that each song has its own unique personality"... Lars Simonsen
"Excellent and No mistake".
"An ambitious but satisfying debut".
"You'll be seduced by it"...Clara Burtenshaw
"A subtle cocktail, easy to enjoy and a pleasure to be repeated".
"A glorious gloopy mish mash of all your favorite flavors rolled into one"... Becky Ross
"Well crafted with soaring melodies, Championship Boxing demonstrates what happens when talent outstrips ambition".
"A quirky uniquely melodic snap shot of East Village life that is highly recommended" And "A glorious and casual melodic sound"... Gareth Phillips