El Pasajero is the second volume of traditional mariachi music by los Cenzontles, working with second violinist and singer Julian Gonzalez. These sones abajenos and canciones rancheras are not often heard, though it's typical competent, lively mariachi music, and not interpreted in such a distinctive or different manner as to excite citation as something particularly outstanding. Using two violins, guitarron, vihuela, zapatendo, and four vocalists (two male, two female), the group creates a full sound, varying the singing by using different combinations. Variety is not the big name of the game, most of the songs falling into a cheery uptempo mood, though the rhythms do vary. They shine brightest when Lucina Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo duet, as the pair does on "El Solita," "La Mejor de Mi Viola," and "El Torero." The liner notes provide lyrics in both the original Spanish and English translations, with many of the words detailing troubled romances of a darker nature than the relatively upbeat melodies and vocals might lead one to believe.
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