Various Artists – Nacional Records, Red Hot + Latin Redux

Tiffany Littlefeather Woo

By Tiffany Littlefeather Woo

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A classic document of rock — and lots of other things — en Espanol.

1996's Silencio = Muerte: Red Hot + Latin Redux is one of the most playful and appealing of the myriad Red Hot compilations that kicked off with 1990's Red Hot + Blue and appeared regularly through the decade. Its primary focus was on the loose conglomeration of groups that were lumped under the umbrella of rock en Espanol, kicking off with crucial forefather Los Lobos (collaborating with Money Mark on the swirling "Pepe & Irene") before moving into tracks by scene leaders Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Aterciopelados and Café Tacuba, among others. As is the nature of the Red Hot series as a whole, collaborations are the rule here: Cadillacs pair up with Fishbone, Aterciopelados with Diego Frenkel and Laurie Anderson and Tacuba with David Byrne, while Tudos Tus Muertos and Los Autenticos Decadentes get together on the raucous "Gente Que No." For its 2006 reissue, the collection has added five fine new tracks by Nortec Collective, Plastilina Mosh, Thievery Corporation, Kinky and Barzilian Girls & Kevin Johansen.