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In his follow-up to 1999's successful El Amor de Mi Tierra, Vives offers an album that at least equals its predecessor in content and reach, while also sprinkling in a handful of extraneous elements.

In his follow-up to 1999's successful El Amor de Mi Tierra, Vives offers an album that at least equals its predecessor in content and reach, while also sprinkling in a handful of extraneous elements. In the end, the 10-track disc is Vives all over again, but it's simply gorgeous, boosted by fine songs, superlative ensemble work and an irresistible exuberance that results in part from the fact that the musical base of the album—bass, drums, and percussion—was recorded live as a group. As usual, Vives' songs are equal parts joy and melancholia, punctuated by Egidio Cuadrado's minor-key accordion riffs (In "Carito," he quotes the theme of Il Postino.) Within this framework, Vives goes from the vallenato/pop of the title track to son corrido ("Luna Nueva"), to cumbia ("Papadió") to the more traditional "Décimas," based on call and response. Multiple textures and sonic layers make this set a worthwhile journey.—LC