Various Artists

Salsa Party Time, Vol. 2

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Though not every song on Salsa Party Time, Vol. 2 is by a famous artist (the lesser-known Fernando Echavarria, for example, who sings "Teresa"), there's more than enough good, danceable salsa music to hold the attention of any fan. Ismael Rivera has two songs included on the album ("Asi Se Compone un Son," "Me Tienes Loco"), while Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, and Willie Colón all have one ("Canto a la Habana," "Felices Horas," and "Buscando Guayaba," respectively). The only track that doesn't quite fit is the closer, Cocoband's "Mujer Malvada," which, despite its horn section (and lack of accordion), almost sounds more like norteño than salsa. It's not the best compilation of its sort out there by any standard (The Greatest Salsa Ever, Vol. 1, for example, is much better), but the sound quality is good and the music is fun. All together, Salsa Party Time, Vol. 2 is a decent release.

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