Circo is one of those rare gems to shine among the sea of aspiring Latin alternative bands.

Circo is one of those rare gems to shine among the sea of aspiring Latin alternative bands. Circo's sound is classic: Strong melodies and well-crafted lyrics supersede the need for novelty. Yet the results are distinctive, thanks to a strong lead singer, fine arrangements, and well-placed musical resources, including the touches of scratching and electronica used for effect within specific songs. Circo barely incorporates what you would deem typical Latin elements—brash Afro-Cuban percussion or Latin rhythms—into its pop/rock material. Instead, this is a set of songs to discover and rediscover. There is an electronic-skewed funk/ska version of the classic "Historia de un Amor," but time is better spent on the band's originals, including "Odiame" and "La Apuesta al Corazón." Racked by DLN Distribution.—LC