Luis Miguel's most recent foray into Latin standards is a typically excellent production bolstered by what may be Latin pop's finest voice.
Luis Miguel's most recent foray into Latin standards is a typically excellent production bolstered by what may be Latin pop's finest voice. This is, after all, the man who set the tone for revisiting vintage material with Romance ('91), Segundo Romance ('94), and Romances ('97), not to mention his covers of tracks like "La Bikina," a single from last year's marvelous live album. But Mis Romances is also predictably—well—predictable. Again, Miguel chooses repertoire familiar to generations, again he uses disco-tinged orchestration on upbeat tracks ("Amor, Amor, Amor") and heavy strings and synthesizers in the ballads. As velvety as his readings of tracks like "Como Duele" and "El Tiempo Que Te Quede Libre" may be, his vocal syncopation and rhythmic artistic license remain virtually unchanged. Although the prolific Miguel is hardly stagnant, he is hardly evolving either, a shame for a talent of this dimension.—LC