Originally edited by Virgin France, Fuerza! (Strength!) focuses mainly on Latin-influenced music—encompassing rock, rap, and reggae—made by European-based artists.

Originally edited by Virgin France, Fuerza! (Strength!) focuses mainly on Latin-influenced music—encompassing rock, rap, and reggae—made by European-based artists. The influence of such seminal acts as La Mano Negra—and its offshoot Manu Chao—anchors the collection and gives it sonic focus. But it also skews it toward tedium, making the listener yearn for a breather. Ironically, Mano Negra's 10-year-old contribution, "Peligro," sounds fresher than much of the newer material, which loses impact when surrounded by so many "cousins." But there are standouts, including El Gran Silencio's "Decadencia" and Les Negresses Vertes' "Hasta Llegar." What's most remarkable about Fuerza! is its global scope, which proves that, properly nourished, Latin roots can germinate in any setting.—LC