Mexican icon Juan Gabriel has never been known for subtlety. But even by his standards, his latest studio album is, well, slightly over the top.

Mexican icon Juan Gabriel has never been known for subtlety. But even by his standards, his latest studio album is, well, slightly over the top. Is this a bad thing? Not always. If there is anyone who can carry off flamboyance, it is Juan Gabriel. The opening "Inocente de Tí," with its slightly disco-fied beat, is very '70s, but fun. That is, until the final coda, when the song acquires the drama of a Broadway musical number. And so it goes. "Como te Quiero Mi Amor" also has a Broadway feel, and "Amor Profundo" is a mix of retro rock'n'roll and disco strings. But such songs are well-crafted and exuberant. Step slightly over that line, though—the overwrought "Yo Te Recuerdo"—and the result is kitsch.—LC