The second batch of duets from Armando Manzanero (following last year's Duetos), featuring the singer/ songwriter/pianist performing his songs with an eclectic array of artists is possibly more intrig

The second batch of duets from Armando Manzanero (following last year's Duetos), featuring the singer/ songwriter/pianist performing his songs with an eclectic array of artists is possibly more intriguing than the already excellent first collection. In Duetos 2, Manzanero centers mostly on Mexico and Spain for talent, pairing with Cristian, Ana Torroja, Rosario, and Alex Lora (from El Tri), among others, and tailoring each of the 10 tracks to their specific styles. Nevertheless, the overall feel of the album is subdued but intense, and moreover, tasteful, mixing jazz ("Por Debajo de la Mesa" with Carmen París), pop ("Nada Personal" with Ana Torroja), ambient ("Todavía" with Benny), and even flamenco ("Me Vuelves Loco" with Rosario). These are the kind of covers we long to hear.—LC