Colombian newcomer Cabas is frequently compared to fellow countryman (and labelmate) Carlos Vives, by virtue of his fusion of traditional Colombian folk rhythms with pop and rock elements.

Colombian newcomer Cabas is frequently compared to fellow countryman (and labelmate) Carlos Vives, by virtue of his fusion of traditional Colombian folk rhythms with pop and rock elements. But the 24-year-old Cabas, who writes his own material, is ultimately more rock- and folk-oriented than Vives. On his self-titled debut album, Cabas uses rhythms such as cumbia, bullerengue, and porro as a starting point for songs that dwell on dance and love. When aggressive electric guitar fuses with traditional acoustic sounds—as on "Ana María" —the effect is intoxicating. Cabas is doubly appealing because his fusion —unlike that of so many recent releases, particularly in the Latin rock field—is effortless and simple. His music aims for the danceflloor, his lyrics (save for the more introspective "A Veces Soy Feliz" and a cover of "Colombia Tierra Querida") for nights of rum and love. Disarmingly irresistible.—LC

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