One of the most interesting cultural phenomena in pop music is the rabid devotion of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans to the music of Morrissey. Put simply, they have adopted him as one of their own. His melodramatic songs are similar in feel to the popular ranchera ballads and his dramatic, lovelorn persona resonates in a way that strikes a very familiar chord.
Mexrrissey have become a global phenomenon thanks to their Spanish-language reworkings of Morrissey songs. They have toured the UK, US and Australia, helped by continuing speculation as to why Mexicans so adore his melancholia. Now comes their debut album, which is delightful and frustrating. This is not the usual tribute band but a group of leading musicians led by Camilo Lara and Sergio Mendoza, whose bold Latin arrangements bring a mariachi brass treatment to First of the Gang to Die, and a cha-cha makeover to We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful.