Original Soundtrack

Casa de los Babys

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Soundtracks always offer plenty of options, and quite aptly, Casa de los Babys has taken the Latin route -- a pan-Latin route, to be precise. There are three brief interludes from Mason Daring (including "The Juggler" with Billy Novick), but they're barely there before they vanish back into Latin sounds. Happily, the music steers away from big names for the most part: Rubén Blades with the wonderful "Un Son Para Ti" is the closest to superstar status here. Mostly it's left of center, as represented by Lhasa and Lila Downs, who both offer aching material. Rita Moreno is a showstopper on both her cuts, but especially on the unaccompanied "Duerme," where her voice glows like a beacon. But nothing compares to Cuba's Los Zafiros, whose lush doo wop -- much more advanced melodically and rhythmically than their American contemporaries -- is enough to make hearts beat softer. There are plenty of other little musical byways here, such as Grupo Fantasma and Los Panchos, but they pale a little in comparison. Still, it's a lovely little trip through Latin sounds that works well enough without the movie.

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