Apologies if I came across as - 'you shouldn't have your opinion.'
I do admit it's not exactly a big step away from their sound, but I definitely feel there is a big latin influence to their sound on this record at times. As you say - their style is a 'get what you see' type of thing... but I think they're still doing it well.
Being that Eugene now lives in South America, it's only natural there is a Latin feel. But to be honest, aside from song titles and a few Spanish phrases, I don't feel a decidedly Latin vibe. This still sounds like Eastern European Balkan folk. That's probably why I'm so upset. My hunch is that if Eugene wanted to do a straight Latin folk album, a la Susana Baca, he probably could. Instead he chose to do what he knows best and it wore on me pretty quickly. This album could have been a lot better, especially with Rubin at the knobs.