Rolling Stone - 1/23/03, p.673 stars out of 5
- "...An airy, semi-acoustic collection that finds Hernandez reinventing the band's songs..."
Spin - 2/03, pp.99-1008 out of 10
- "...A rich, all-acoustic retrospective that shows why they're still Mexico's most important rock band..."
EL PRIMER INSTINTO contains acoustic versions of Caifanes' and Jaguares' songs, and two new acoustic songs.
Personnel includes: Jaguares, David Hidalgo, Eduardo Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, Mariachi Sol De Mexico, La Internacional Sonora Santanera.
EL PRIMER INSTINTO was nominated for the 2003 Latin Grammy Award for Best Rock Album By a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Led by singer-songwriter Saul Hernandez, Jaguares have been at the forefront of the Rock En Espanol movement alongside stalwarts Mana and Cafe Tacuba. EL PRIMER INSTINTO is an all-acoustic overview of the band's best moments dating back to its origins as Caifanes. Fans also get treated to previously unreleased songs "No Importa," "Arriesgate," and a gorgeous version of Juan Gabriel's "Te lo Pido Por Favor." Among the most impressive remakes is the Caifanes nugget "Matenme Porque Me Muero," (featuring gorgeous string arrangements by David Campbell [AKA Beck's dad]), and the jangly "No Dejes Que".
Special guests also add to the high quality of this quickly created project and include Los Lobos' David Hidalgo on the flamenco-tinged "La Vida No Es Igual" and Los Tigres del Norte's accordionist Eduardo Hernandez on the equally spirited "Detras de los Cerros." Jaguares sound ready to take Rock En Espanol to the next level with no compromises. EL PRIMER INSTINTO serves as a handy anthology for the newly initiated as well as a tasty collection for long-time fans.