Tributo (Soda Stereo)

Although Latin rock tributes have become commonplace in the past couple of years, they're still a tempting dish to sample.

Although Latin rock tributes have become commonplace in the past couple of years, they're still a tempting dish to sample. A tribute to landmark Argentine rockers Soda Stereo—a band that's relatively recently dissolved but whose members are still active in their own endeavors—is particularly enticing given the choice of material and artists selected. Usual suspects such as Julieta Venegas (in a titillating, funky/electronic version of "Disco Eterno," produced by Café Tacuba's Emmanuel del Real and Quique Rangel) and Colombia's Aterciopelados (who also mix electronica into "Té Para Tres") sit alongside Chile's Lucybell and Costa Rica's Gandhi (playing a more straight-ahead but crunchingly tight version of "Séptimo Día"). Unusual here is the presence of pop/electronica ensemble Moenia, but its version of "Zoom" doesn't jar with the collective eclecticism of this well-produced, enthusiastically executed album.—LC
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