Lo Esencial del Rock en Espanol features a dozen selections from some of the leading Latin rock/rock en español bands, including Aterciopelados' "Caribe Atomico," la Lupita's "Contrabando y Traicion," and Jumbo's "Siento Que." Some of the collection, particularly los Amantes de Lola's "Mama" and Neon's "Juegos de Amor," leans toward synth pop as opposed to true rock; other tracks, such as Maldita Vecindad's "Ojos Negros" and Ramsey's "Dime Por Que," are more like Latin pop ballads. Still, songs like Santa Sabina's "Azul Casi Morado" and la Cuca's "Senorita Cara de Pizza" reflect some of the more distinctive trends going on in Latin rock, and Lo Esencial del Rock en Espanol does a pretty good job of showcasing the style considering how much musical ground there is to cover in it.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares