Besides being an excellent soundtrack, this album is also a perfect introduction to the music of Mexico. People generally associate the polka-influenced "nortena" and "ranchera por accordeon" with traditional Mexican music; although these styles are native to the country, they are neither the oldest nor the only examples of Mexico's rich musical heritage. Indeed, guitars are the dominant instruments in the score for the movie Frida, with careful attention being paid to the Spanish-influenced melodies found in most styles of Mexican music. "The Floating Bed" combines marimbas, various guitars, and piano to create a uniquely Mexican atmosphere. I cannot think of a bad track; this album is excellent! The soundtrack to Frida is a pleasurable listen all the way through, from the joyful "El Conejo" to the haunting and riveting tango "Alcoba Azul," and many others as well. Lila Downs makes a superb appearance with her haunting and powerful voice, particularly with the introductory "Benediction and Dream" and the duet with Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso, "Burn it Blue." Most of the melodies have a certain haunting quality which is common to Mexican music as well as latin music in general. The song "Alcoba Azul" is a tango, a musical style and dance native to Argentina; however, the extensive use of guitars adds a distinctly Mexican flavor which enhances the mood quite well. Actor Salma Hayek does a surprisingly remarkable job of singing on "La Bruja," exposing a hidden talent that works in her favor. The soundtrack to Frida proves that traditional Mexican music may be obscure, but it is definitely not dead. It makes a great addition to any CD collection, particularly for those interested in Latin music.