A Carnival This Ain't

Watered-down covers of original hits make this album one to avoid.

"Mamboleo Loona", "Mambo Jambo", "Sha La La" and "Jamaican Farewell" are cute. They have catchy tunes and good beats - both important prerequisites for anything that belongs to a dance collection. With those titles, the best songs in the album have been named.

Sure, they have tracks like "Mi Chico Latino", "Bailamos", "Mysterious Girl" and so on, but sung as they are by artists other than Geri Halliwell, Enrique Iglesias and Peter Andre, these songs strike the listener as being watered down versions of the originals. They've lost their zing.

A lot of the instrumental music is snappy and dance-inducing, like "Brazil" and "Oye Mi Canto" but the medleys are a disaster. They leave one nowhere - barely does one get one's bearings with one track that it is cut and switched to the next - the Gypsy Kings bear witness.

Buy this album if you're mad about music or if you're stuck in the car a lot.

This article was first published on 10 Aug 2000.