Latin Jazz Album: "Funk Tango," Paquito D'Rivera Quintet.
This album is pedestrian at best.
Alternative: Cabijazz, Latin Giants Of Jazz, Colon 264
Latin Pop Album: "El Tren De Los Momentos," Alejandro Sanz.
El Tren De Aburridos
is more like it. Jorge Drexler's 12 Segundos De Oscuridad
would have been better, just for the title track alone.
Latin Rock or Alternative Album: "No Hay Espacio," Black:Guayaba.
Read the title above. Cafe Tacvba's Si No
or Maneja Beto's Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud
would have been better.
Latin Urban Album: "Residente O Visitante," Calle 13.
No argument here. I felt Calle 13 should have been in the general Album of the Year with Herbie, Kanye and Amy, even if it never had a ghost of a chance to win.
Tropical Latin Album: "La Llave De Mi Corazon," Juan Luis Guerra.
Some great songs on this album but not enough to say it's the best. El Gran Combo & Spanish Harlem Orquesta, who were also nominated, were just as good. My pick? Calambuco, Grupo Caribe, La Excelencia or Envidia All-Stars
Mexican/Mexican-American Album: "100 (Percent) Mexicano," Pepe Aguilar.
Paquita La De Barrio gets robbed again! Pepe becomes her new "rata de dos patas"
Tejano Album: "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," Little Joe & La Familia.
Little Joe can't sing anymore. Go for the old school real deal: Conjunto Bernal
or the Beto Villa's Orchestra
Norteno Album: "Detalles Y Emociones," Los Tigres Del Norte.
I love Los Tigres Del Norte but this wasn't their best. Los Razos
, Raza Obrera
or Los Rieleros Del Norte
had better offerings last year. Still, no one can come close to writing the kind of songs that Los Tigres write.
Banda Album: "Te Va A Gustar," El Chapo.
I figured Valentin Elizalde
would get the sympathy vote, but I guess he didn't. What? getting shot and killed doesn't guarantee a Grammy any longer?