Former Garibaldi member Pilar Montenegro's solo debut on new label Univision is a pleasant surprise.

Former Garibaldi member Pilar Montenegro's solo debut on new label Univision is a pleasant surprise. Although Desahogo doesn't break any new ground, Montenegro possesses a smooth (if not particularly emotive or remarkable) voice that can stand alone without major props and that lends credibility to this project. The result? A solid, ballad-heavy pop album that includes covers of two revered classics ("Desahogo" and "Y Volveré"). Although a host of often corny lyrics detracts from the good melodies here, Latin radio will surely love the sound (and the look) of Montenegro.—LC

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