In today's world of pop-embellished salsa, Derechos Reservados is almost uncompromisingly hard-hitting, beginning with the frenetically paced "Sólo con Mirarte," a thrusting, brass-laced track

In today's world of pop-embellished salsa, Derechos Reservados is almost uncompromisingly hard-hitting, beginning with the frenetically paced "Sólo con Mirarte," a thrusting, brass-laced track with amusing lyrics that Quiñones spits out with machine-fire precision. Produced by pianist/ arranger Isidro Infante (and with guest artists like Gilberto Santa Rosa), Derechos manages to differentiate itself from much of the sameness that has befallen New York-produced salsa. The mix of romance (in the lyrics) and dance floor appeal (in the arrangements), together with Quiñones' considerable talent for vocal improvisation (soneos), makes Derechos a stand out. Noteworthy tracks include his cover of the standard "Algo de Mí," and "Un Soneo," a lengthy vocal improvisation set over relentless percussion and piano. Quiñones caps off his disc with the more reflective "Los Acasos" and "Entiéndelo," essentially pop/rock tracks, albeit with a tropical feel. Surprisingly, he gets away with it, without detracting from the general feel of the album. We could, however, do without the pop version of "Nos Sobro la Ropa."—LC