« The venom comes shining through » par Dirty Linen

Latin Divas 1926-1954 [Frémeaux & Associés FA 2108 (2005)] is a followup collection to the earlier Latin Crooners. The theme this time is women done wrong and female resentment of males. It’s a universal theme, and, despite the fact the songs are sung in Spanish, the venom comes shining through. It’s a 2-CD set, well documented, with English liner notes and a clean sound even through most of the tracks were recorded in the 40s and 50s. The female vocalists are from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Cuba, and the performances are uniformly good. Those who like the style will enjoy this, though it might be a  bit much for the novice.