Listening to these energetic, upbeat tunes as the Northwest rains
pummel from the skies, I find myself daydreaming of a warm place
and a simple life, with this music as a soundtrack.
Los Alacranes de Durango (The Scorpions of Durango) are a trio
of norteño musicians: deft accordian player Eusevio Gallegos,
Arriola Memo on bajo sexto (a low-tuned 12-string guitar),
and J. Raul Torres on contrabass. Their tight sound includes nimble
vocal harmonies from Gallegos and Memo on perky, often speedy
tunes. Even when the pace eases a bit--as on "Alma Angelina"
("Dearest Angelina") and "Jacinto Treviño"
("The Ballad of Jacinto Treviño")--the accordion
runs are impressive.
If you don't speak Spanish, the tunes may lack distinguishing
characteristics, and the lack of substantial liner notes (in English
or Spanish) could leave anyone a bit frustrated. As a soundtrack
to daydreams, however, it works great.