The notion of an album celebrating the music of female roqueras is not only commendable but also tantalizing.
The notion of an album celebrating the music of female roqueras is not only commendable but also tantalizing. Lucky for BMG that so many remarkable female voices—Julieta Venegas, Andrea Echeverri (of Aterciopelados), and Alejandra Guzmán, among others—belong on its roster, all of which have excellent tracks that find a place on this collection. Divas del Rock also scores with Tijuana No's whacky "Pobre de Tí" and La Lupita's "El País de la Lujuria," a mix of guitar rock'n'roll and Tower of Power horns. But other programming decisions are unremarkable and, moreover, baffling. Most notably, why include Natalia Oreiro's very pop "Huracán," and why feature three tracks by Ramsey? It can't possibly be due to a lack of repertoire. After all, the incarcerated Gloria Trevi, who deserved a spot here, just saw some of her catalog rereleased by BMG. Divas del Rock does cover a broad range of styles and conveys that the female voice of rock is out there and working. But some fine tuning would have allowed it to reach its full potential.—LC