Chilean pop/rockers La Ley are known for lush, melodic songs and tight, onstage deliveries.

Chilean pop/rockers La Ley are known for lush, melodic songs and tight, onstage deliveries. On its first unplugged set, such qualities shine through with help from gospel-shaded backing vocals and an understated string section that supports frontman Beto Cuevas' soulful and versatile vocals (he sings in Spanish, French, and English). The unobtrusiveness of the strings—filtered as they are through the entire album—are finally more pleasant than compelling. This has to do as much with the choice of material—mostly subdued—as with the arrangements themselves, which, though tasteful, lack the variety necessary to sustain 16 full tracks. Standouts include the opening "Animal," with its tempo and mood changes, the lyrical "El Duelo," and "The Corridor," which is sung in English. But more could have been done with the excellent material that served as the basis for this album.—LC

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