There’s good music and bad music. There’s technically proficient works and three chord pop songs. Whatever you call yourself a fan of, there’s a difference between liking music and respecting it. On Area 52, you can do both.
I know nothing about Cuban music or Latin rhythms, but I know this record is fantastic. The album is comprised of new arrangements of existing Rodrigo y Gabriela songs and they sounds completely fresh. Horns, percussion and electric guitars fill out the songs and bring the original acoustic tunes to life in a whole new way. More than anything, Area 52 is a masterpiece of musicianship and a window into a genre that most have little familiarity with.