Conjunto Primavera has long held itself apart from other romantic norteÑo groups by virtue of the quite extraordinary voice of lead singer Tony MelÉndez. On the veteran group's latest, h

Conjunto Primavera has long held itself apart from other romantic norteño groups by virtue of the quite extraordinary voice of lead singer Tony Meléndez. On the veteran group's latest, he lets it rip in the opening, namesake ballad. But ironically, while its old-fashioned arrangements may make it a radio favorite, it is not the best track on the album—because of said arrangements. Far more distinctive is "Moño Negro," a ranchera with clever lyrics and rippling accordion riffs, or "Aún Sigues Siendo Mía," a more uptempo cumbia that still showcases Meléndez's multi-octave voice. These songs, far more than straight-ahead, run-of-the-mill romance, are the happy medium that ultimately make this an album that rises far above the normal romantic norteño fare. It's rare to find this caliber of voice in this genre of music. Enjoy.—LC

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