Alacranes Musical: Sergio Federico, Guillermo Ibarra (vocals); Rodolfo Avitia Jr. (saxophone); Rene Urbina, Oscar Urbina Jr., Chris Urbina, Hector Urbina.
This is music tailor-made for drinking and dancing down at the cantina. 100% ORIGINALES offers straight-up, red-blooded Norteno music that is guaranteed to please fans of the style. With their high-octane marching rhythms (rattled out mostly on snare drum), insistently bright horn lines, and passionate, tuneful singing ringed with perfect harmonies, Alacranes Musical unfurl one great tune after another on this fine outing.
Listeners hoping for an album with a fair dose of slow songs should look elsewhere. With the exception of the acoustic ballad version of "Si Yo Fuere Tu Amor" (its blood-pumping dance version is sequenced earlier on the album), 100% ORIGINALES is relentlessly upbeat. The polka rhythm of "Dos Muchachos" is the album's lone mid-tempo number; everything else percolates with frantic rhythms that dare listeners to stay seated. Classic in sound, instrumentation, and good-time feeling, Alacranes Musical delivers a welcome antidote to the highly polished, radio-ready sound of much Top 40 Latin pop.