Unlike Los Lobos, who successfully modernized Mexican roots music on their 1988 album, La Pistola y El Corazon, Linda Ronstadt seems content to treat the music of her childhood as a pristine museum culture rather than a living, breathing art form with contemporary relevance. Her nostalgic new record Mas Canciones — a collection of mariachi folk music much like her first Mexican album, Canciones de Mi Padre, released four years ago — is distinguished by the sort of formal orchestral arrangements more associated with classical music than with folk. It also has more ensemble singing than its predecessor; Ronstadt is even joined by her brothers Mike and Pete, who ably, if not memorably, back her on several songs. In the end, though, what’s most striking is the obvious affection she brings to this lushly romantic music. Songs like ”Gritenme Piedras Del Campo” (”Scream to Me Stones in the Field”) and ”El Crucifijo de Piedra” (”The Crucifix of Stone”) might seem somewhat overwrought by today’s standards, but the grandeur of their emotion provides a glimpse of of a time when romance was more circumscribed and courtly, but no less passionate. B
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