Released: Jul 2008
Label: Decca Crossover
Put simply, Mar Dulce is a triumph. No longer content to simply dress tango in electronic clothing, founder Gustavo Santaolalla sends his vision forth into the vast realm of pop music, inviting rappers (Mala Rodriguez, Peyote Asesino's Santullo), rockstars (Elvis Costello, Gustavo Cerati) and pop stars (Nelly Furtado, Julieta Venegas) to stand up to the passionate, dramatic heat of tango. And stand up they do: Costello has never sounded better and nearly every track shines. The release is crowned by the rapturous "Chiqulines," the final performance of Uruguay's late tango diva Lagrima Rios.