Colombian alternative band Aterciopelados' history of hits is a veritable treasure chest of perfectly shaped songs.

Colombian alternative band Aterciopelados' history of hits is a veritable treasure chest of perfectly shaped songs. From 1995's "Bolero Falaz" and "Florecita Rockera" to two new tracks—"Mi Vida Brilla" and "Tanto Amor," written in honor of singer Andrea Echeverri's newborn daughter—Evolución chronicles a band that makes music with unabashed joy. The gleeful nastiness Echeverri imparts on the standard "Baracunátana" is the perfect set-up for the sarcastic vampiness of "El Estuche," a scathing, yet non-judgmental commentary on those obsessed with looks. This is part of Aterciopelados' gift: The capacity to write succinct, intelligent songs devoid of preachiness. Musically, the band's inquisitiveness is apparent in the scope of influences, from tango to traditional music to plain ol rock'n'roll. The album's finishing touch is a new dance version of "Florecita," tinged with electronica, and the lilting, feel-good "Mi Vida Brilla," where Echeverri sings: "You make things simple/ Turn on the lights/And my life shines." Such delicious words also aptly describe this collection.—LC