On her latest solo offering, Mexican singer/actress Patricia Manterola sets broad aims.
On her latest solo offering, Mexican singer/actress Patricia Manterola sets broad aims. A mix of mostly upbeat dance tracks in Spanish and English, Que el Ritmo No Paré highlights Manterola's increasing ease in the latter language, as well as a decidedly more youth-oriented, street-wise sound than most Latin pop. Manterola is talented, versatile (her rendition of "Quiero que Quieras Volver," one of the few ballads on the album, is convincing and quite lovely), and by all accounts a hard worker who has an extensive film and TV dossier. Sadly, though, at various times throughout the recording, Manterola loses herself in the vocal stylings of Paulina Rubio and Gloria Estefan. Whether she has a distinguishing sound of her own is difficult to discern in this landscape of feel-good tracks, but there's no denying the possibilities in tracks like the more urban-sounding "Libre," which also appears in English as "Tell You, Tell Me."—LC