Although Alejandro Lerner's "Amarte Así" has been nominated for a Latin Grammy, the album that carries the song is only now being released in the U.S.

Although Alejandro Lerner's "Amarte Así" has been nominated for a Latin Grammy, the album that carries the song is only now being released in the U.S. That little gem of a track, however, is not the only thing that carries the album, an acoustic-based collection of pop tracks, replete with an auteur's sensibility (Lerner penned/co-penned all tracks). Noteworthy are "A Usted," with its simple yet effective use of harmonies in the chorus and its understated strings, and "Quién te Dijo." Lerner likes to make good use of the acoustic piano, his instrument, but also uses a Hammond B3 sporadically for effect. Indeed, understatement is de rigeur in this album that functions around the lyrical melodies and simple yet effective lyrics. Halfway through, however, Lerner's vocals seem to lose steam and Si Quieres starts to veer into the monotonous. Still, the album, and the songs, survive.—LC