Andrea Echeverri

On her solo debut, Andrea Echeverri, one-half of Colombian duo Aterciopelados, celebrates motherhood. But instead of the self-absorption usually associated with this subject, this is a true homage to

On her solo debut, Andrea Echeverri, one-half of Colombian duo Aterciopelados, celebrates motherhood. But instead of the self-absorption usually associated with this subject, this is a true homage to the child rather than the mother. It is an unselfish attitude and an unselfish album, humming with relaxed good nature, bluesy guitars and acoustic instruments (including typical Colombian ones) with touches of loops and programming. In its lyricism and imminently melodic nature, "Andrea Echeverri" is more conventional than past Aterciopelados albums, and as a result more appealing. Song quality is not secondary to production here, and the lyrics are remarkably good. On her own, Echeverri may gain new followers and will retain old fans as well.—LC