On his third album, Carlos Ponce seems a lifetime away from his recording debut, when he was perceived—and frankly, presented—as yet another TV star who happened to sing.

On his third album, Carlos Ponce seems a lifetime away from his recording debut, when he was perceived—and frankly, presented—as yet another TV star who happened to sing. If on his sophomore effort Ponce tried to break away from that image, here he does it completely, coming across not as a traditional balladeer but as a singer/songwriter—one with rock leanings who relies more on feel and material than on vocal prowess. Ponce is not a great singer, but he is a fine songwriter (most of the tracks here are co-writes with co-producer Joel Someillan), and when he performs in a more acoustic, relaxed format, the results are magical. This is an album of strong tracks, many compelling and beautiful, anchored by plenty of acoustic guitars and with virtually no choruses or overdubs. Ponce sounds fully at ease on many songs—notably "Mujer con Pantalones"—but other times, one gets the feeling he's still holding back. He should heed his own advice, as stated in "Nalgadas de Sabina," and follow his own artistic path.—LC

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