Contemporizing the traditional banda sound is an increasingly common endeavor but not always one that bears happy results.

Contemporizing the traditional banda sound is an increasingly common endeavor but not always one that bears happy results. Graciela Beltrán's cover of the Juan Gabriel standard "No Me Arrepiento de Nada," the title track of her latest disc, manages to be irreverent and irresistible in its uptempo beat, fluttering clarinet lines, and doo-wop feel. Beltrán is an established and respected ranchera and banda interpreter, and she can get away with this, as well as perform the more standard arrangements credibly. There's no doubt this is forward-looking banda, with drums and electric guitar incorporated into the format, as well as a variety of rhythms, including cumbia norteña. But Beltrán can also inject pathos into rancheras like "La Reina Es el Rey," an apt song title for a singer with bravado.—LC