On his fourth solo outing and his second with indie Prestigio, salsa singer Dominic presents a versatile album that highlights salsa, vallenato ("Te Amo"), bachata ("Creerte of Quererte"), and a coupl

On his fourth solo outing and his second with indie Prestigio, salsa singer Dominic presents a versatile album that highlights salsa, vallenato ("Te Amo"), bachata ("Creerte of Quererte"), and a couple ballads. Although everything is done competently, Dominic truly shines in the straight-ahead, tropical material, notably his cover of "Amor, Amor"; the song's difficult refrain highlights his potent, emotive tenor voice. Soy Como Soy aims sometimes squarely for the dancefloor, and other times, for the heart-strings, as in "El Retrato de Mamá," a lyrically corny ballad that's saved by the elegant, jazzy piano accompaniment, and again, the voice. Dominic is artist enough that he can navigate easily through the variety of styles, convincing in vallenato, bachata, and even on the aggressive, reggae-rubbed, socially conscious "X-Plosión." The disc's sole throwaway is the closing romance-shaded classics medley, included perhaps for sentimental reasons, but whose run-of-the-mill content is incongruous in an album steeped in well-blended edge and vocal prowess.—LC

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