Sereno

Spaniard Miguel BosÉ has always been a restless musical stylist, intent not only on melody and lyrics but also on ambiance and sonic exploration.

Spaniard Miguel Bosé has always been a restless musical stylist, intent not only on melody and lyrics but also on ambiance and sonic exploration. This has resulted in hits—as well as misses—during a lengthy career, with his last studio album arriving five years ago. Whether it's the substantial time gap or maturity (he's now 45), Bosé's Sereno is not only one of those hits, but arguably his best album to date. Blending a wide variety of elements, both acoustic and electronic (and guest artists that include friend Alejandro Sanz), Bosé tells, more than sings, his material, admittedly his most personal to date. But rather than becoming self-indulgent, Sereno ends up accessible and eminently commercial, as well as smart. The single "Morenamía" is a contemporary love song, celebrating a perfect mate without an ounce of schmaltz; "Mirarte" is a pulsating dance track, replete with sweeping strings and chorus (à la ELO); and "Tic Tac" is built upon relentless driving percussion. This is commercial pop at its best.—LC