Un Día Normal

Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes follows up his critically acclaimed eponymous debut with a well-penned collection that is softer around the edges, making it much more likely than its incisive, mood

Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes follows up his critically acclaimed eponymous debut with a well-penned collection that is softer around the edges, making it much more likely than its incisive, moody predecessor to be embraced by Spanish radio. Proof of this is found on the uptempo lead single, "A Dios le Pido," a prayer for life and love set over thrusting percussion and almost pizzicato, Caribbean-hued guitars. Such standard pop/rock fare

as "Es Por Tí" and "Un Dia Normal" sounds at odds with the nastier (and far more amusing) "Mala Gente" and "La Paga," wherein Juanes, over a reggae beat and a southern guitar motif, tells off an ex. "La Unica," a minor-key ballad accompanied by legato guitar lines and tasteful strings, is also a gem, but the kicker for many will surely be "Fotografía," a charming duet with Nelly Furtado that perfectly captures the mainstream possibilities of singing in Spanish.—LC