Maná's first studio album in five years is ambitious in musical scope and lyrical depth as it puts forth a hardly revolutionary, but now rarely heard, maxim: Love is the answer.

Maná's first studio album in five years is ambitious in musical scope and lyrical depth as it puts forth a hardly revolutionary, but now rarely heard, maxim: Love is the answer. The message is bolstered with a harder rock edge than heard in Maná's previous albums, plus expansive use of eclectic instrumentation and lush, organic arrangements. The full potential of rock en español's seminal group is realized in the Caribbean/rock track "Sábanas Frías," with Ruben Blades as guest vocalist, and in lead single "Angel de Amor," a classic Maná marriage of fine melody and thought-provoking lyrics. Although such synergy defines most of this powerful album, the message is overbearing in "Fé" (lines like "Why can't we all get along like brothers" are immediate turn-offs) and "Justicia, Tierra y Libertad," which survives thanks to an irresistible groove and Carlos Santana's guest guitar. Still, the bulk of Revolución is meritous, even if some tracks need lyrical finessing to achieve their lofty, revolutionary end.—LC