Thursday, December 07, 2006


Colombian rock band Aterciopelados has been on the verge of a major U.S. crossover breakthrough for oh, about six years now.

The buzz started with the band's acclaimed 2001 album, "Gozo Poderoso." That record reached the Top 10 of Billboard's top Latin albums, spawned the upbeat hits "Luz Azul" and "El Álbum," and earned Aterciopelados a coveted spot on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" – a rarity for a rock en español act.

The band – which revolves around the duo Andrea Echeverri and Hector Buitrago – released a "best of" collection on BMG U.S. Latin in 2002.

But rather than follow that up with a major album on a major label, Echeverri and Buitrago took some time off and worked on their own solo, indie projects. Echeverri had a baby, Milagros, who was the inspiration for many songs on her self-titled solo debut. The album, released on independent label Nacional Records in 2005, won critical praise and received nominations for a Grammy and a Latin Grammy.
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