Industria del Amor


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When Germans visit Mexico or the southwestern part of the United States, they're likely to hear something that reminds them of home: the polka beat. They may not hear it played exactly like it's played at a traditional Oktoberfest gathering in Berlin or Munich, but they are likely to come across a variation that is incredibly popular among people of Mexican descent -- they'll hear the unmistakable norteño/Tex-Mex beat, which was created when Mexican-Americans living in Texas combined Mexican ranchero music with the polka that German immigrants brought to the Lone Star State. That norteño/Tex-Mex beat can be used in a variety of ways; there are hardcore norteño groups as well as smooth, sleek Tejano/Mexican pop artists who play "norteño light." Industria del Amor is somewhere in between; Raices, like many of their previous releases, favors a softer approach than los Tigres del Norte or los Rieleros del Norte but isn't as sleek as La Movida or the late Selena (two major names in Tejano music). Nonetheless, Raices is unmistakably Mexican -- it's impossible to miss the infectious norteño/Tex-Mex beat, which is truly omnipresent in any place that has a large Mexican population (just as salsa/Afro-Cuban music is inescapable in any place that has a lot of Cubans or Puerto Ricans). Raices doesn't break any new ground for Industria del Amor; anyone who already has a lot of their previous Fonovisa releases will find that romantic tracks like "Lucio Vasquez," "La Que Se Fue," and "Por Una Mujer Casada" don't take the Los Angeles-based group into any uncharted territory. Nonetheless, all of the material is solid -- and Industria del Amor's hardcore fans will find Raices to be a pleasing, if somewhat predictable, addition to their sizable catalog.

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