Curly-haired cutie David Bisbal is a superstar in his native Spain, thanks to this debut album—and to his honors in the ultra-successful reality-TV show, Operación Triunfo.

RELEASE DATE: Oct. 15
Curly-haired cutie David Bisbal is a superstar in his native Spain, thanks to this debut album—and to his honors in the ultra-successful reality-TV show, Operación Triunfo. Given Bisbal's tried and tested vocals and star appeal, label Vale Music searched for a way to export his talents to all Latin audiences, relying on the production prowess of hitmaker Kike Santander and his Miami-based team. The vehicle is a mainstream pop album with twinges of flamenco guitar that mixes upbeat tracks à la Chayanne ("Ave María," "Corazón Latino") with soaring, beautiful ballads ("Por Cuánto Tiempo"). Bisbal is an excellent vocalist, with texture, range and emotion (standouts include "Dígale"), but his is a work in progress. At times, he sounds like Chayanne, at others, he hints of Luis Miguel; unless you've experienced the Triunfo phenomenon, you'd be hard-pressed to place the voice or the singer, both of which need a personal touch on this internationally minded disc.—LC

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