Aterciopelados

Oye (Nacional)

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Aterciopelados

Oye (Nacional)

Inevitably, Colombia's Aterciopelados – "Velvety Ones" – have located the velvet rut. 2000's career creamer, Gozo Poderoso, got even Grammy's attention, but neither solo album from the group's yin-yang, nor a 2002 greatest hits broached a follow-up. Now, Oye leaves word of Triple-A. Platter six packs its predecessor's "powerful pleasure," but flatter, as if sound wizard Héctor Buitrago forgot to light the disco ball. Andrea Echeverri, meanwhile, sounds … ordinary. African and Middle Eastern accents ("Majestad") bottom out well, but opening "Complemento" sets a complacent tone among adult tempos. "Don Dinero" tallies cash cows, but its leaden beat begs youthful irreverence on the order of Café Tacuba. "Cruz de Sal" percolates convincingly, only without a "Dinero" hook, and perky protest "Cancion Protesta" fails to convince. Echeverri crooner "Insoportable" tangs and pangs to the rescue, sparking the desert exotica of "Paces," a throwback to the spunk of 1997's La Pipa de la Paz. Mas Peace Pipe por favor.

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