There's no doubt that a major factor in the decline of tropical music's popularity is a dearth of dynamic releases that appeal to the core fan base of the genre, which is more interested in swing than

There's no doubt that a major factor in the decline of tropical music's popularity is a dearth of dynamic releases that appeal to the core fan base of the genre, which is more interested in swing than sappy lyrics. In that regard, first single "Cómo Olvidarte" keeps us guessing: The lyrics are romantic, and the feel is utterly on track. By the time the second track comes along—the quirky, Caribbean-based "La Mazucamba"—we know we're in for a treat. Although D'León traverses various styles ("Porqué Será" is straight-ahead salsa, while "Tormenta de Amor" is vallenato), he's cohesive, convincing, and mostly fabulous. Tracks like "Señora," with its gripping narrative, also remind us that salsa can make us listen as well as dance.—LC

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