January 09, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B

San Diego quintet Tristeza falls into the no-solos school of instrumental rock, creating a drowsy Sunday- afternoon soundtrack out of a complex counterpoint of chiming guitars, gossamer synthesizers, and fluid, jazzlike drumming. The general interchangeability of A Colores works for and against Tristeza — the songs slip in one ear and out the other without leaving much of an impression, but you’ll be too blissed-out to care.

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