Barcelona brothers José and David Muñoz are at the top of the class of young, world-music-oriented musicians who have taken the centuries-old flamenco genre into new musical realms. On their second major-label recording (after 2001's self-titled Estopa
), they perfect their riveting and rousing blend of rock, Caribbean, and Spanish styles. They mix Cuban backbeats with flamenco on the festive "Vino Tinto," and imbue "Jardin del Olvido" with a Texas-twanged country vibe. "El Blade," a new version of a track entitled "La Raja de Tu Falda," cuts like a hip-hop-honed knife, while "Te Vi Te Vi" rings with gypsy-fied vocal strains and "Nasio Pa la Alegria" rolls with a reggae-friendly bounce. Estopa sing about love, food, sin, and sex. It is, after all, a rock band, but with sabor
. Eugene Holley, Jr.