Franco De Vita has often been dubbed the "Latin Billy Joel" by virtue of his piano playing, and, above all, a roster of hit songs that spans two decades.
Franco De Vita has often been dubbed the "Latin Billy Joel" by virtue of his piano playing, and, above all, a roster of hit songs that spans two decades. On Segundas Partes También son Buenas (Second Parts Are Also Good), De Vita revisits, rearranges, and rerecords some of those hits, as well as lesser-known tracks, often rendering them far different from the originals yet equally captivating. With this catalog of material, it's hard to go wrong, even with more tropical arrangements, such as "Promesas" in bachata form and the Latin jazz overtones of "Sexo." Classics like "Louis" acquire a different dimension in acoustic format, while "Vuelve," written originally for Ricky Martin, has a distinctly rock sound. Lest you think De Vita's well of inspiration was running dry, there are two new tracks: "Palabras del Corazón" and the breathtaking "Cómo Decirte No," a romantic bachata with soul to spare. Even those who already possess De Vita's greatest-hits albums will find something new and noteworthy here.—LC