Thalía con Banda: Grandes Exitos

Thalía's latest is, as the title clearly states, a collection of hits accompanied by banda, but not necessarily in banda style.

Thalía's latest is, as the title clearly states, a collection of hits accompanied by banda, but not necessarily in banda style. This makes for an interesting, if not always especially effective, listening experience. The opening "Amor à la Mexicana," for instance, states its banda nuances loudly and proudly in the intro (save for the opening percussion) but then becomes a solid cumbia (the ensuing "Piel Morena" is even more so) juxtaposed with banda accompaniment (big brass, a tuba playing the bass parts, and added percussion for effect). The ploy keeps you guessing—how in the world will a pop song like "Arrasando" sound with banda? Very much like the pop version, thanks to an adroit brass accompaniment. Only occasionally, as on the corrido "Cuco Peña," is there a complete marriage of style and content. As for Thalía, her vocals are strong, and she deftly navigates the various styles here—although her frequent whispered comments are, at times, distracting.—LC