2. Mexrrissey, 'No Manchester'
A mariachi-steeped tribute to Morrissey, Mexrrissey's No Manchester revels in both the band's crush on the Smiths crooner and Mexico's unlikely obsession with him. Forged by M.I.S.'s Camilo Lara and Sergio Mendoza (Calexico, Orkesta Mendoza), this charming document combines Britain's fascination for bleak humor with Mexico's knack for melodrama. In a soundscape where passion, rebellion and melancholy take charge, listeners observe the desolate journey of a sad loner roaming in a republic burdened with agony in "México." The lilting, brassy take on "Suedehead" (titled "Estuvo Bien") features the angelic coo of Jay de la Cueva in trio with Chetes' swaggerful sneer and Adanowsky's warm growl; while Ceci Bastida channels Morrissey's effete cool in her surfy remake, "International Playgirl." Delivered by an all-star cast of charro-clad rockeros, this all-Spanish homage is rich with clever puns, vibrant horns and percussive vihuela strums that collide perfectly with the fey jangle-pop of the Moz. I.R.