Los Amigos Invisibles, 'Commercial' (Nacional)

Critical Mass
Label: Nacional

by Barry Walters

As suggested by their sixth album's title, the members of this Venezuela-born, New York City-based dance band bridge language barriers by making their music relentlessly accessible. Focusing on faster and tighter live grooves, the fun-loving fusionists (led by primary songwriter and guitarist Jose Luis Pardo) limit studio experimentation to jingle-size interludes. Their restless eclecticism dodges the nostalgia that limits purist peers like Jamiroquai, and their vigorous Latin chops give even the kitschiest exotica an integrity lacking in lesser lounge lizards. Nonstop propulsion makes this summer party disc (and especially the single "Mentiras," in which a lothario blames his indiscretions on the "lies" of others) soar like a nonstop flight to Caracas.



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