Mucho ado has been made of the fact that up-and-coming Puerto Rican Yaire is more than just another female pop singer by virtue of the fact that she writes all her material in its entirety.

Mucho ado has been made of the fact that up-and-coming Puerto Rican Yaire is more than just another female pop singer by virtue of the fact that she writes all her material in its entirety. But while her previous album sounded way too traditional to allow Yaire to stand out as a singer/songwriter, this—her third effort—highlights a more mature writer and one with a more refined personality, both in delivery and in musical arrangements. The album kicks off with the moody, rock-tinged title track, which is laced with acoustic piano and electric guitar, and then follows with the more upbeat "Ay! Qué Pasión," whose bluesy piano works well against Yaire's strong, sometimes gritty voice. When Yaire opts for the rock/pop sound, she's at her most distinctive best. Yet she vacillates between this and more facile pop ("Dime" and "Te Amor Tanto"), the kind that's more forgettable. But this artist needs no compromise. In tracks like "Te Veo en Mi Sombra"—emotive, commercial and convincing—she's superb.—LC