In his second stab at pop, salsa star Jerry Rivera opts for a hipper, more dance-oriented sound than in his more stylized pop outing last year.

In his second stab at pop, salsa star Jerry Rivera opts for a hipper, more dance-oriented sound than in his more stylized pop outing last year. Perhaps more important, he includes five salsa tracks, which keep him on firm footing with his salsa fan base; as it also turns out, even though Rivera has the voice to maneuver styles, he sounds particularly convincing in his salsa turf. Still, the title track—which in its original pop version sports a techno/flamenco beat—serves Rivera well; upbeat fare is more his element than sweeping ballads, where he sounds OK but doesn't transcend. With this in mind, such tracks as "Herida Mortal" are forgettable, while "Ella," a hip-hop laced salsa, delivers extra punch. The transition from tropical to pop is a tough one, but Rivera seems to have found a happy medium here.—LC

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