If you're looking for surprises from Spanish icon Julio Iglesias, you need look no further than the title of his new studio album.
If you're looking for surprises from Spanish icon Julio Iglesias, you need look no further than the title of his new studio album. Startlingly negative for one of love's big advocates, "Divorcio" (Divorce) belies the romantic nature of the music but describes the disenchantment of many of the lyrics. If you can get past this from Spanish music's premier romantic, you will find "Divorcio" gratifying albeit sometimes annoying. The irritation comes from Iglesias dropping the last bars of his phrases, leaving us straining to hear what he has said. Also, he has taken on such rootsy tracks as "Criollo Soy," which do not fit his suave voice or manner. But when he goes into heartbreak mode, as in "Corazón de Papel" or "Extraños Nada Más"—a Spanish version of "Strangers in the Night"—he is as seductive, and convincing, as ever.—LC