If Chilean singer Nicole had once emerged as a teen popstress, her fourth album leaves that notion far behind.

If Chilean singer Nicole had once emerged as a teen popstress, her fourth album leaves that notion far behind. Viaje Infinito presents Nicole not only as a singer/songwriter with a significant contribution to all 11 tracks (two written exclusively by her) but also as a purveyor of funk and soul. Viaje Infinito sounds like it's been taken right out of the '70s, which is both its appeal and its problem. For all the musicality it oozes—both in the bell-like vocals and the lush, jazzy instrumental arrangements (and execution)—Viaje Infinito has been done before (and better). When the format is broken a bit, notably in the nostalgic "Lágrimas de Sal," the results are gripping—and lovely, with the melody lines unencumbered by too many additives. Other stand-outs are the upbeat 'Vida," with Latin percussion driving the synth bass, and Nicole's edgy "Días."—LC

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