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Album Review

El Circo is a landmark album. The biggest-selling rock album in Mexican history, it brought the underground sound of the burgeoning Rock En Espanol movement to mainstream attention. El Circo succeeded because it captured the energy of Maldita Vecindad's ferocious live shows without sacrificing their songcraft. "Pachuco," the fiery lead-off track, became an instant classic (a pachuco is the Mexican equivalent of a Jamaican rudeboy), and from there the album veers all over the place, lyrically as well as musically. "Un Poco de Sangre" is a tragic ode to a doomed street urchin, but rather than turning the song into a morose ballad, Maldita Vecindad plays it as a horn-driven funk-metal jam. "Kumbala" incorporates mariachi and old west balladry into a gorgeous love song. Then, there's their cover of Mexican crooner Juan Gabriel's moony ballad "Querida," which the band turns into a ska-punk rave-up. As disparate as the sounds and ideas are, though, there is never anything forced or contrived here. The band works as a cohesive unit and the album flows from beginning to end. El Circo is as groundbreaking and influential as any album released in the '90s. ~ Victor W. Valdivia, Rovi

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Mexico City, Mexico

Genre: Alternative and Latin Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Latin rockers Maldita Vecindad y Los Hijos del Quinto Patio formed in Mexico City in 1985; comprising vocalist Roco, guitarists El Pato and Sax, bassist Aldo and drummer Pacho, the group debuted in 1988 with a self-titled LP which earned acclaim for its fusion of rock, ska and Mexican folk sounds. El Circo, widely considered a classic in "rock en Espanol" circles, followed in 1991, selling an astounding 600,000 in Maldita Vecindad's native land; around the same time, they appeared in Gift, a film...
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