Various Artists

Bachatazos, Vol. 1

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Bachata Rosa, though pretty enough, was basically the pop sound you'd expect from a big hit. The music in this first-of-its-kind compilation is the real bachata, the small-town guitar-based music that grew from Dominican backyard barbecues of the same name. It's mostly bolero-based, but its influences (other than local) are enormously varied: from classic trios to Mexican to Puerto Rican.