Various Artists

De Rancho en Rancho [2006]

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Celebrating the best of Mexican norteño, De Rancho en Rancho is a collection of 20 songs from some of the genre's bigger names, including Beatriz Adriana, Carlos y José, Los Cardenales de Nuevo León, and Los Cadetes de Linares; Los Cadetes have three songs included from their catalog -- "Las Tres Tumbas," "Eran Cuatro de a Caballo," and "Los Dos Amigos" -- all big ones. As an album, De Rancho keeps a pretty uniform sound, with the traditional omnipresent accordion, which is probably what buyers of contemporary norteño are looking for, anyway. Some of the pieces, like Héctor Montemayor's jazzy "Barrio Pobre," are slower and more reflective, while others, like Luis Pérez Meza's "Gabino Barrera" or El Venado Azul's "Mujer Paseada" are faster and feature horn work. De Rancho en Rancho works well either for someone looking to get a good, comprehensive collection of norteño, but it's also not a bad choice for a fan who wants some of its better songs all on one disc.

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