Contacto

In 2001, Colombian artist Cabas burst onto the Latin scene with an explosive fusion of traditional Colombian rhythms and aggressive rock.

In 2001, Colombian artist Cabas burst onto the Latin scene with an explosive fusion of traditional Colombian rhythms and aggressive rock. Bolstered by a dynamic stage presence and ample attention, Cabas—who writes his own material and is an accomplished pianist—seems poised for bigger things with his sophomore effort. The album kicks off auspiciously with the punchy single "La Caderona," a mix of bluesy piano, Caribbean drumming and crunching electric guitar. But as "Contacto" progresses, Cabas digresses. "Contacto" is extremely well-produced, the musicianship is above par and the use of purely folkloric elements—although often excessive—is daring. But many of the songs lack a clear structure and simply ramble. While Cabas is masterful at straddling tropical and alternative, notably in tracks like "Bolita de Trapo," other titles, like "Contacto," are self-indulgent to a fault. Here, less would have been more. Still, the promise remains.—LC