If sophomore albums are the true measure of a band's future, multicultural trio Bacilos can rest assured of its solid standing.

If sophomore albums are the true measure of a band's future, multicultural trio Bacilos can rest assured of its solid standing. On its eponymous debut, Bacilos showed great promise; here, the threesome goes further, performing memorable songs with just the right dose of sophistication and personality to make them rise above simply good pop. Like its predecessor, Caraluna relies on infectious melodies, acoustic instrumentation, and tropical rhythms as a point of departure. The new disc is also more cohesive and certainly more commercial, but never to the detriment of the music. Highlights include "Mi Primer Millón," a tropical dance track, and the Simon & Garfunkel-hued "El Edificio," a parable about Colombia. Caraluna truly works, however, because the songs are impeccable. Beatles-eque? Certainly. But with a tropical tinge that renders them unique.—LC

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