For his MTV Unplugged debut, Alejandro Sanz said he didn't want an album of old hits but rather a collection of lesser-known material. And although a couple of hits are included here—notably "C

For his MTV Unplugged debut, Alejandro Sanz said he didn't want an album of old hits but rather a collection of lesser-known material. And although a couple of hits are included here—notably "Corazón Partío," "Quisiera Ser," and "Amiga Mía"—this is a disc of jewels waiting to be discovered (it includes

two previously unreleased tracks), particularly for U.S. audiences not familiar with Sanz's older material. Sanz also veers away from "unplugged-ness" by opting for a lusher sound than usual—bolstered by Hammond and Rhodes organs, as well as piano, string section, horns, and three guitars (one of which is his own). This mix is never anything but stunning, particularly on such tracks as the heartwrenching "Se le Apagó la Luz" and "Quisiera Ser." Throughout, Sanz manages to sound raspier than ever; somehow, though, that only adds more soul to a more-than-unplugged set. A lovely addition

to Shakira's MTV Unplugged.—LC