WEA Latina's compilation of duets extracted from a wide variety of albums (save the previously unreleased "Una Noche," recorded by Alejandro Sanz and the Corrs) dating as far back as 1995 could be eas

WEA Latina's compilation of duets extracted from a wide variety of albums (save the previously unreleased "Una Noche," recorded by Alejandro Sanz and the Corrs) dating as far back as 1995 could be easily labeled a ploy, if it weren't so consistently good. Based on excellent songs and a deliberate mishmash of genres, Duetos highlights obvious (Miguel Bosé and Ana Torroja performing "Duende") and not-so-obvious (Café Quijano and Amparo Sandino performing "Ven y Bésame") pairings that for the most part feed off each artist's strengths. Take note of Fito Paez and Joaquín Sabina's postcard-perfect fit in "Llueve Sobre Mojado" and how Chavela Vargas and Ana Belen's drastically different styles and timbres blend beautifully in "Sombras." If many of these tracks sound new, it's because they were either not released in the U.S. or difficult to locate here. Yet that they were previously recorded, as opposed to being commissioned for this project, allows for their organic, feels-right nature.—LC