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July 02, 1999|ERNESTO LECHNER

*** Pericos, "Mystic Love," EMI Latin. Think of this Argentine rock en espan~ol band as the melancholy, introspective cousin of Fabulosos Cadillacs. Both bands share a peculiar love for ska, cinematic instrumentals and the desire to enrich rock with Latin percussion and horns. Among the surprises: an outstanding, string-laden version of a Luis Alberto Spinetta tune, and an acoustic reworking of Curtis Mayfield's "Keep on Moving."

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Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent). The albums are already released unless otherwise noted.

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