Soft-Rock En Español Floridians Extend Roots

Bacilos lit up '03 airwaves with "Mi Primer Millon," name-checking Paulina Rubio and Alejandro Sanz in a scrappy, semi-serious attempt to get their little acoustic song "en la radio." It worked, and they went on to win three Grammys, hire two big-shot producers for the follow-up, and name-check one Olivia Newton-John, which, if you're not a math whiz, adds up to "world crossover domination."

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Well, maybe. Based in Miami, these guys have roots, and for the CD's first half they know how to use them. Thick, meaty samba grooves bounce against the group-sung melodies of the first two tunes, and a multitracked trombone salsas up the first single, "Pasos de Gigante." "La Mexicana" is a loosey-goose ranchero send-up of culture clash that, like Rubio's "The Last Goodbye," crams in way too many words for absolutely swinging results. Better yet, the roots go both ways. Thanks to a head-nodding soul beat and a beautiful guitar riff, "En la 70's," the Olivia song, is the most convincing soft-rock revival of the year. If the second half comes up short on such memorable moments, maybe that's where Bacilos can invest their segundo millon next time.

 
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