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Canto Popular de la Vida y Muerte
[Sony US Latin-1994]
With 2 acclaimed albums already under their belt, Venezuela’s Kings of Latin Ska would begin the solidification of their reign with their third album and first to be released in the US. Helmed by Brazilian producer Carlos Savalla (Paralamas do Suceso), Canto Popular is not only a cohesive effort but one chock full of great tunes, which ultimately opened more doors for the band across Latin America, Europe and the US. (Not to mention it went Gold in the band's homeland.) 20 years on, the songs still shine while the production leaves a bit to be desired. But would you rather have a killer-sounding album full of duds, instead? Didn’t think so.
Highlights: Too many to mention. Seriously.