De Otro Color

What is it about raspy voices? Spanish pop singer Sergio Dalma has such a voice—emotive, too—and it serves to make even inconsequential material more compelling.

What is it about raspy voices? Spanish pop singer Sergio Dalma has such a voice—emotive, too—and it serves to make even inconsequential material more compelling. Which is not to say that his latest studio album, "De Otro Color," is inconsequential. But it is straight-ahead, ear-catching pop that nevertheless has a good degree of sophistication. Opening track "Déjame Olvidarte" is reminiscent of Alejandro Sanz, with its lush instrumentation, meandering structure and Spanish guitars. But for the most part, Dalma's choice of material—from Gustavo Santander and Fernando Osorio's "A Flor de Piel y Alma" to Luis Manuel Ruiz's "En Lo Bueno y Lo Malo"—is more commercially minded. Solid songs, emotional delivery. Pop should always be this satisfying.—LC