Charlie Zaa's return to basics after his foray into more stylized fare puts him back in an element that's more assuredly his. Steeped in strings, strong guitar, and requinto, De Un Solo Sentimiento ha

Charlie Zaa's return to basics after his foray into more stylized fare puts him back in an element that's more assuredly his. Steeped in strings, strong guitar, and requinto, De Un Solo Sentimiento has a distinct trio sound, punctuated by a piano for bolero feel and very subtle mariachi on some tracks ("Si No Puedo Ser tu Amor"). It would have been easy for this album to veer into sappiness, but it avoids that with elegant, subtle arrangements that clearly hark back to another, more innocent time. Zaa, whose earnestness has always been part of his appeal, sounds totally convincing as he pours out his heart on one unabashedly romantic track after another. Sentimiento's essence leaves little room for variety or experimentation, but that's not the intent here, and listeners hungry for vintage Zaa will welcome his return.—LC



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