Marc Anthony's first studio salsa recording in four years is incredibly rich in artistry and texture—and it's daring, too.
Marc Anthony's first studio salsa recording in four years is incredibly rich in artistry and texture—and it's daring, too. Anthony prods the possibilities of a genre in need of a spark by inserting new musical elements into the salsa formula, such as the classically inclined strings and piano in "Viviendo" and the less congruent Andean introduction to "Barco a la Deriva." But what really makes this album fly is the sheer depth of vocal interpretation and Anthony's effortless, organic use of rhythmic play. Although the material was good to begin with—notably the single "Celos" and "De Qué Depende"—some tracks rise to the occasion by virtue of the arrangements and performance. The only dip in energy comes in "Amor Avenutrero," recently recorded by Jerry Rivera as a ballad ("Y Se Escapó el Amor"). Wisely, Anthony closes the set with "Caminaré," which begins as a bolero and dissolves into an irresistible soneo. Throughout, listeners may find access to a dancefloor a necessity.—LC