The veteran diva's latest opus can be described as a contemporary classic, a disc that blends Cruz's trademark son with distinctive dance riffs and an urban edge.

The veteran diva's latest opus can be described as a contemporary classic, a disc that blends Cruz's trademark son with distinctive dance riffs and an urban edge. The standout here is the opening title track, which kicks off with a recurring string loop and then plays over a dance beat punctuated by occasional rapping (courtesy of guest artist Mikey Perfecto). The effect is delightful and a breakthrough for Cruz, who nevertheless goes into familiar territory with tracks like Johnny Pacheco's "Tararea Kumbayea" and Mario Díaz's "Corazón de Rumba" and then veers into timba with "Taita Bilongo." There are some dips in momentum, including the repetitive "Déjenme Vivir." But overall, Cruz's magnificent voice and overflowing emotion are unabated. She takes this straight-ahead salsa album from A to Z without resorting to ballads—or other commercial ploys—for success.—LC