The much-touted debut from new heartthrob Shalim is a wonderful piece of production that fails to distinguish the voice holding up the project.

The much-touted debut from new heartthrob Shalim is a wonderful piece of production that fails to distinguish the voice holding up the project. Full of overdubs, vocal layerings, flamenco guitars, and tropical and Middle Eastern riffs, Shalim is a pop album with a good dose of ballads ("Mi Tesoro"); the set also flirts with R&B ("Mentira) and plenty of dance ("Gitana"). Although the sound is finally very different, it's comparable to Ricky Martin (in intent) and Enrique Iglesias (in terms of breathy vocals). Ultimately, the strength here lies with the songs, which are primarily of the hook-laden, catchy pop variety (with "Entregate" and "Nadie Como Tú" as standouts). But the fact remains that anyone could be singing the lead vocals—that is, what you can hear of them between the multitude of choruses and gadgetry.—LC