Various Artists

Cumbias Norteñas [Fonovisa]

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Cumbias Norteñas collects 14 norteño and cumbia hits from some of the styles' biggest acts, including Grupo Innovacion's "Los Caminos de la Vida," Los Corazones del Norte's "Se Solicita Novia," Fa-Z-4's "Fumar No Esta de Moda," and Conjunto Azabache's "La Suegra Metiche." The album focuses on the more upbeat side of both styles, as exemplified by songs like Adolfo Urias y Su Lobo Norteño's "Desconfiada" and Los Huracanes del Norte's "Chisme Caliente." Though the collection doesn't offer as much as it could in the way of diversity -- it features two songs by each of the seven artists included -- it's still an entertaining and festive compilation of Latin music.

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