With his smooth-as-silk vocals, Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires takes another step toward heartthrob status among Spanish speakers with this collection of burnished Latin pop, layered arrangements, a

With his smooth-as-silk vocals, Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires takes another step toward heartthrob status among Spanish speakers with this collection of burnished Latin pop, layered arrangements, and soulful vocals. He ventures into smooth-jazz fusions on soft samba "Ay! Corazon," ballad "Ámame," and "Es Mejor Parar," a musically (if not lyrically) faithful cover of Gino Vannelli's "I Just Wanna Stop." But the commercial polish is ubiquitous, thanks to careful production by Estéfano and Pedro Ferreira, among others. Alejandro Sanz duets (and dominates) on the jazzy standout "Solo Que Me Falta," which features rainy piano riffs. As a singer, Pires is pleasant and proficient, but he never cuts loose. Still, fans of his old group So Pra Contrariar will cheer his world-beat "A Gozar la Vida" and its timely message of relying on love during troubled times.—RB