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Alterna-Hits, Vol. 2

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Volume two of Universal Latino's Alterna-Hits continues to showcase variations of alternative rock in español. Molotov ("Gimme tha Power"), Juanes ("La Paga"), and La Ley return from volume one, the latter with a lush pop update of the Rolling Stones' "Angie" sung in English (the band's Beto Cuevas sounds remarkably like Paul Young). Control Machete's "¿Comprendes Mendes?" continues in a Cypress Hill vein, while Resorte's "Radical Teste" is a raging rap-metal basher featuring interlocking vocalists. There's certainly a lot of variety on Alterna-Hits, Vol. 2 -- as loud as Resorte is, they can coexist with, say, Giroscopio's driving pop or the loopy organic hip-hop of Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas. Overall it's another strong entry in the Alterna-Hits series, and a great introduction to Latin music on the modern tip.

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