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Sounds Eclctico isnt the first compilation to try to translate the Latin alternative spirit for a wider English-speaking audience, but rarely has the case been made as clearly or as forcefully as it has here. Featuring an all-star lineup and recorded at Santa Monicas KCRW, Sounds Eclctico juxtaposes the electric delicacy of Caf Tacuba and Kinkys techno-rock intensity with acoustic songs via French-Spanish icon Manu Chao (performing Clandestino), Uruguayan songwriter Jorge Drexler (El Pianista del Gusto de Varsovia) and ethereal Argentine singer Juana Molina (Insensible). Both approaches are equally adept at conveying the musics pervading fervor, and the album brims with passion. Its the sort of raw power that will grip you even if you dont speak the language.


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