Watcha

This compilation of past and present artists on the Latin alternative Watcha tour is, like the tour itself, a mix of melodic rock, rap, funk, punk, and heavy metal.

This compilation of past and present artists on the Latin alternative Watcha tour is, like the tour itself, a mix of melodic rock, rap, funk, punk, and heavy metal. It's also, like the tour, spotty. Most of the gems are at the top, beginning with Aterciopelados' "El Album" (whose inclusion, like Café Tacuba's, is misleading, considering that this is the act's much-touted current single and that the duo toured on its own this year instead of going with Watcha) and continuing with Bersuit's "El Gordo Motoneta," Molotov's "Karmara," and Juanes' "Fijate Bien." As a sampler of the current alternative scene, Watcha is effective, and it's hard to imagine such a mix of styles any other place but here. Let's hope, though, that Watcha, the album, will become as yearly an event as Watcha the tour, giving due space only to those artists featured on that given year.—LC