Café Tacuba 101: Key albums by a key band
Published: August 13, 2012
Tacuba's second album is a masterpiece that doesn't leave any stone unturned: from polkas to banda, from bossa to mambo, from Giorgio Moroder to Helmet and beyond. If you only buy one of their albums, get this one.
Avalancha de éxitos
Re's follow-up is a collection of covers of the songs the Tacubos grew up with. Key tracks: "Chilanga banda" (a Mexico City slang rap) and an amazing version of Juan Luis Guerra's "Ojalá que llueva café" turned into a son jarocho.
(1999) ★★★★ ½
A double concept album, one half instrumental experimentation and the other half song-oriented. It freaked out many, but earned the band new followers. Grammy winner for Best Latin Rock Album.
A new beginning: for the first time, the band used real drums and a ferocious electric guitar. It earned them another Grammy, this time for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.
The synth-based tour-de-force '70s-era Who would've recorded had they been born in Mexico City.
"De este lado del camino"
("This Side of the Road"), the new single off El objeto antes llamado disco (The Object Previously Known as Record) was released August 10 and it's a gem of a techno-ballad about loving oneself. The full album comes out in September.
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