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La Granja [Deluxe Edition]

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Review

The kings of norteño music return with their 512th album (give or take), their first disc of new material since 2007's Detalles y Emociones, which found them moving into some unexpected territory (releasing the song "El Muro," sung in multiple languages). That was followed by 2008's Raices, a set of classic Mexican songs transformed into norteño, and a live album. But based on this evidence, the four Hernández brothers and cousin/drummer Oscar Lara were hardly coasting. As regular as clockwork or the steady, polka-like norteño beat, this album offers a dozen new songs dealing with love, crime, and the immigrant experience. There are some surprises -- "Como la Vida Sin Fútbol" features almost rap-like vocals and an unexpectedly aggressive beat supporting a humorous lyric about soccer fanaticism (including the noise of a cheering crowd and a game announcer). But for the most part, Los Tigres del Norte rose to their position at the top of the norteño heap by delivering exactly what their fans want, and this is an extremely well-played and gracefully sung selection of songs that will surely keep their audience two-stepping across the floor for the year until their next release. (In an interesting acknowledgement of norteño's popularity as cell phone ringtones, the group has released an EP containing two album cuts and two exclusive songs -- "El Poste" and "Va Sola" -- downloadable from Verizon.) [La Granja was also released in a two-disc Deluxe Edition featuring two bonus tracks and a DVD including four videos and other bonus material.] ~ Phil Freeman
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 La Granja 3:45
  3. 2 Mi Curiosidad 3:3
  4. 3 Si Mides el Tamaño 3:38
  5. 4 Reina de Reinas 4:10
  6. 5 Sala de Espera 3:55
  7. 6 Como la Vida Sin Fútbol 4:3
  8. 7 Los Aguaceros de Mayo 3:41
  9. 8 Minita de Oro 3:54
  10. 9 Mi Negocio Está Seguro 3:34
  11. 10 El Emigrante 4:18
  12. 11 Quién Te Entiende 3:23
  13. 12 El Diputado 3:29
  14. 13 Que Voy Hacer Sin Ti 3:14
  15. 14 Inyección Letal 3:35
  16. 1 Tefe de Tefes null:null
  17. 2 La Reina del Sur null:null
  18. 3 El Triunfo null:null
  19. 4 De Paisano a Paisano null:null
  20. 5 Galería de Fotos null:null
  21. 6 Detrás de Cámaras de la Grabación del Video "La Granja" null:null
  22. 7 Detrás de Cámaras de la Sesión de Fotos null:null

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