You can't argue with success, and the hundreds of thousands of records this Mexican pop rock outfit has moved gives them de facto currency in the Spanish-speaking world and beyond. So what if the slick, stadium-rock arrangements do little beyond recast the Police as hispanohablante crotch rockers? Maná is best appreciated as the alternative to the groundbreaking, if underappreciated, music being made by Latin American rockers. Although nearly indistinguishable from the paunchy mainstream rock that ruled American airwaves in the '80s, this band of rico suaves is carrying the torch for millions of young Spanish speakers. That said, the merry ska groove of "De Pies a Cabeza," FM hormonal smolder of "Oye Mi Amor," and epic balladry of "Vivir Sin Aire" are all rather unresistable. And as evidenced by the album title, "Where Will the Children Play?," the band even trumpets its commitment to environmental and social issues, much like rebel rockers Sting and Elton John. Legions of Mexican and Latino youth can't be wrong...
|Label:||Warner Music Latina|