Manchester Attack

Amor Secreto

On his third disc, up-and-coming star Luis Fonsi showcases quite different personas. On the one hand is the traditional Latin balladeer, a continuation of his preceding albums and the sound that's put

On his third disc, up-and-coming star Luis Fonsi showcases quite different personas. On the one hand is the traditional Latin balladeer, a continuation of his preceding albums and the sound that's put him on the Latin music map. On the other is Fonsi the singing/dancing teen heartthrob ("Stop"). Somewhere in the middle lies accessible pop with healthy doses of R&B and soul; it's in this area where Fonsi sounds most at ease. For sure, Fonsi is adept at singing all songs with conviction—his high tenor is expressive, intimate, and distinctive—but on tracks like "Díselo Ya" and the title track, he truly soars and finds his rightful place. The current single, "Quisiera Poder Olvidarme de Tí," will do well by him, but it's too traditional for his more impish, youthful voice. Likewise, dance tracks like "Fight the Feeling" are merely fun, and "Stop" is a toss-out. Fonsi reasserts himself on closing track "Para Vivir," which finds him accompanied simply by piano and cello. As Fonsi sings his heart out, it becomes readily apparent that he doesn't need much else to stand firm. The proof is right there

in his voice.—LC