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Spanish language music: Tejano / TexMex


Tejano and TexMex describe the various forms of folk and popular music originating among the working-class people of Mexican descent living in Central and South Texas. Rooted in conjunto and norteño music, Tejano also borrows freely from other contemporary musical traditions such as rock, pop, jazz, R&N, country, and blues. It has in recent years been transformed from a local, ethnic musical form to a genre with wide appeal across the Americas and beyond.


Banda Tierra Blanca (Mexico)
CD El rancho grande [2003] • LISTENBUY CD
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Graciela Beltrán (Mexico)
CD Esto es lo nuestro: 20 exitos [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Tesoro [1995] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mi corazón es tuyo [1996] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Robame dos besos [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Para mi pueblo [2001] • LISTENBUY CD
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Alejandro Fernández (Mexico)
CD A corazón abierto [2004] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Ranchera heartthrob Alejandro Fernández polishes up his sound on A Corazón Abierto, his first pop album since 2000's Entre Tus Brazos. That effort was marred by Emilio Estefan's bland production and repetitive instrumentation, but Fernández diversifies on Corazón, enlisting the help of Aureo Baqueiro (Sin Bandera, Aleks Syntek) and Kike Santander, producer of choice for a dazzling roster of artists, including Thalia, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, and David Bisbal. They wrap Fernández's swoon-inducing voice in lush instrumentation, veering from somber ballads ("Para Vivir," "Me Dedique a Perderte") to galloping uptempo tracks ("Se Va," "Canta Corazon"). Fernández's mariachi sensibilities have often been muzzled during his pop-flavored outings, but the flamenco-guitar flourishes and blaring horns actually seem to play up his trademark sound and style. It makes for a confident collection that cleverly straddles both genres and makes the most of Fernández's sexy--and often thrilling--voice. -- Review by Joey Guerra

CD Viento a favor [2007] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Me estoy enamorado [1997] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Niña, amada mía [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Origenes [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | Live CD En vivo juntos por última vez [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mis primeros exitos [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mi verdad [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Muy dentro de mi corazón [1996] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Alejandro Fernández [1992] • LISTENBUY CD | Live CD 100 años de música mexicana en vivo [2004] • LISTENBUY CD
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Intocable (Texas, USA)
CD Diez [2005] • BUY CD • REVIEW: To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Intocable produced this ambitious double CD as a gift to their loyal fans. Disc One is a 14-track collection of all new songs featuring more of Intocable's strengths--hooky melodies, tight instrumentation and vocal harmonies--evident on "Aire," the first single, and "Soledad." The group injects folk rock rhythms on "Tiempo," a tune about sensing the end in a relationship, and "Es Alguien Mas," on the fear of wasting time with the wrong person. Other keepers are "Ahora Que Te Perdi," a mellow norteño ballad which stands out for its lyrics on the importance of honesty. The narrator regrets his mistake when he songs "No supe valorarte" ("I Didn't Know How To Appreciate You"). The second CD features 11 Intocable tunes recorded by a variety of top artists. Ranchera singer Pepe Aguilar sings "Fuerte no Soy," electronica/rock act Kinky does "Coqueta," reggaeton singer Tego Calderon and rapper DJ Kane offer "En Paz Descanse," and Volovan takes on "Ya Ves." -- Review by Ramiro Burr

CD Crossroads: Cruce de Caminos [2006] • LISTEN
BUY CD | CD Nuestro destino estaba escrito [2003] • LISTEN BUY CD | Live CD Intimamente [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Sueños [2002] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Historia [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Es para tí [2000] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Intocable [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Contigo [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Fuego eterno [1994] • LISTENBUY CD
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La Mafia (Texas, USA)
CD A todo color [1992] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Los Palominos (Texas, USA)
CD Evoluciones [2006] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Lo mejor de Los Palominos [1997] • LISTENBUY CD
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Los Temerarios (Mexico)
CD Tributo al amor [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD La MejorColleccion: 30 Super Exitos [2005] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Veintisieti [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Historia musical [2002] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Los Tigres del Norte (Texas, USA)
CD Detalles y Emociones [2007] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Directo al corazón [2005] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Herencia Musical: 20 Norteñas Famosas [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Herencia musical: 20 corridos inolvidables [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Amores ... que van y vienen [1998] • LISTENBUY CD
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Lucero (Mexico)
Live CD Rancheras [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Cuando sale un Lucero [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | Live CD Un Lucero en la México [2001] • LISTENBUY CD
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Mazz (Texas, USA)
CD 30 exitos insuperables [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Lo hare por tí [1992] • LISTENBUY CD | Live CD Una noche juntos [1992] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Quien iva a pensar [2004] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Luis Miguel (Mexico):
CD: CD México el la piel [2004] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Glorious vocals and impeccable production make Mexico en la Piel one of the best moments in superstar Luis Miguel's already-illustrious career. The album of mariachi classics is superb from start to finish, thanks in large part to the accompaniment of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. Miguel's previous albums of bolero classics were polished, if predictably safe, affairs. His albums of original tunes (Aries, Amarte es un Placer, 33) were less successful, often relying on dated arrangements that made him sound hopelessly out of touch with modern music. Mexico en la Piel, however, is a revelation. It honors past musical traditions via smart, classy song selections and still bristles with immediacy and edge. Miguel's immense success could have easily found him resting on his laurels. Instead, he has delivered an often-thrilling collection that should appease old and new fans of any age. - Review by Joey Guerra

CD Grandes exitos [2005] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Navidades [2006] • LISTENBUY CD | BOX SET Todos los romances [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD 20 años [1990] • LISTENBUY CD
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Emilio Navaira (Texas, USA)
CD Emilio Navaira [1995] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Live [1992] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Selena (Texas, USA)
CD All My Hits - Todos mis exitos [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Greatest Hits [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Amor prohibido [2002] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Ones [2002] • LISTENBUY CD | BOX SET Anthology [1998] LISTENBUY CD | CD Momentos intimos [2004] • LISTENBUY CD
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Marco Antonio Solís (Mexico)
CD Trozos de mi alma [1999] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Thalía (Mexico)
CD Thalía [2002] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Forget Destiny's Child; Mexican diva Thalia has a lock on independent-woman anthems. Her self-titled, eighth album (and fourth for EMI Latin) is ripe with girl-power ditties, from the ska-tinged "En la Fiesta Mando Y" to "A Quien le Importa," a devil-may-care ode to individuality. It's familiar ground for Thalia, who explored similar themes on 1997's Amor a la Mexicana and 1999's Arrasando. This new set is not as instantly addictive, but it showcases Thalia's continued evolution as an artist. "La Loca" is a smorgasbord of rock, cumbia, and rap rhythms, while the glittering "Vueltas en el Aire" is destined to fill dance floors. Mrs. Tommy Mottola also teams with the Kumbia Kings on "Tu y Yo" and enlists Marc Anthony as backup on "The Mexican." The inevitable crossover is also foreshadowed on the yearning ballad "Closer to You" and a cover of Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me 'Round," which finds Thalia purring like a sex kitten. If she keeps it up, we'll all soon be a slave for a new kind of diva. -- Review by Joey Guerra

CD El Sexto Sentido Re+Loaded [2006] • LISTEN
BUY CD | CD Greatest Hits [2004] • LISTEN BUY CD | CD Arrasando [2000] • LISTENBUY CD | CD En extasis [1996] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Con banda grades exitos [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Amor a la mexicana [1997] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Been Here and Gone [2001] • LISTENBUY CD
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Bolero | Cumbia | Flamenco | Latin Jazz | Latin Pop
Latin Rap / Hip Hop | Mambo | Mariachi | Merengue | Ranchera
Rock en Español | Rumba | Salsa | Tango | Tejano / TexMex

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