For irrefutable proof that norteÑo music has a finesse and complexity that can refute the snubs it usually gets from critics, just pick from any of the 12 extraordinary tracks here.

For irrefutable proof that norteño music has a finesse and complexity that can refute the snubs it usually gets from critics, just pick from any of the 12 extraordinary tracks here. The premise—the hits of icons Los Tigres del Norte revisited by a host of respected Latin rockers, from Molotov and Café Tacuba to Los Lobos—is, by itself, a sure-bet. But every reading here takes things to an unanticipated, superlative level. The sustained electric guitars of La Barranca's version of "La Banda del Carro Rojo" lends new eeriness to a tale of contraband gone awry; Juleita Venegas brings raw plaintiveness to an immigrant's loss of culture on "La Jaula de Oro;" and Botellita de Jerez's rendition of "Jefe de Jefes," which references the Beatles, is a riot. Cafe Tacuba's "Futurismo y Tradicion," a new, experimental electronica track that derives its name from the hit "Contrabando y Tradicion," deftly tests the limit of the genre. Homenaje is itself a classic.—LC