On her fourth album, and her first with Univision Music, Texan singer Jennifer PeÑa, a veteran at 18, teams with hitmakers Rudy PÉrez and Kike Santander for a more pop-oriented sound and

On her fourth album, and her first with Univision Music, Texan singer Jennifer Peña, a veteran at 18, teams with hitmakers Rudy Pérez and Kike Santander for a more pop-oriented sound and, ostensibly, wider appeal. The resulting album is fun and unpretentious, carried by a singer who manages to sound endearing yet neither infantile nor straining in mood or content beyond her years. Peña has a distinctive voice that's sweet but strong. It serves her well in traditional ballads like "El Dolor de Tu Presencia," which are very standard, very straightforward, but radio-friendly and well-executed. But "delightful" is the better-suited adjective when Peña sings cumbia and grupero tracks, particularly the upbeat "Apapachándonos" and the charming "Que Me Ame Más," which are disarmingly natural. The 10-track Libre is appended by seven bonus tracks, including cumbia versions of five tracks —a move that ensures radio play, certainly, but that's also probably designed to satisfy Peña's Tejano audience. Less convincing is "Vamos al Mundial," a rather lackluster World Cup celebration song that adds little drive to this collection.—LC

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