Various Artists

Mexico Recuerda a Selena

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Americans who spent any time watching Spanish-language television in March 2005 knew that the tenth anniversary of Selena's death was a major event in the Mexican community; the Univision and Telemundo networks both had plenty of Selena-inspired programming. Actually, all that programming was a big event outside the Mexican community as well; Selena was a superstar in the regional Mexican market when she was alive, but the tragic way in which she died on March 31, 1995 (murdered by the president of her fan club) received extensive media coverage and made a lot of non-Mexicans aware of her legacy. Nonetheless, most of Selena's support has come from Mexican listeners, and this 2005 release finds a variety of Mexican artists paying tribute to her. One of the nice things about Mexico Recuerda a Selena (Mexico Remembers Selena) is the fact that most of them don't provide carbon copies of the original versions of her songs. For example, the duranguense style is applied to "Siempre Hace Frio" by Alacranes Musical and to "No Me Queda Mas" by Los Horoscopos de Durango; Selena was never duranguense, but Alacranes and Los Horoscopos demonstrate that her songs can easily lend themselves to that style. And "Fotos y Recuerdos" and "Techno Cumbia" both receive the grupero treatment from Liberación, illustrating the parallels and differences between grupero and the Tejano style that Selena was best known for. Meanwhile, Tatiana's version of the reggae-influenced "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" is pretty close to Selena's version; her performance is likable, although less risk-taking than some parts of this 46-minute CD. Ranging from excellent to merely decent, Mexico Recuerda a Selena is an enjoyable collection that underscores the impact Selena's work continued to have ten years after her untimely death.

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