After writing and producing for a host of established artists, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter/producer Tommy Torres has launched his solo career with a persuasive album of mostly original compositions

After writing and producing for a host of established artists, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter/producer Tommy Torres has launched his solo career with a persuasive album of mostly original compositions (most are co-writes) that break rank with standard Latin pop. Although most of the songs are solid—many catchy ("Cuento de Cuna," "Cómo Olvidar")—the real strength of this album lies in its acoustic-based arrangements and production. Everything here is disarmingly fresh and enthusiastic—with added beauty coming from acoustic and Spanish guitars plus the occasional violin and mandolin—while such details as the vocal harmonies in the bridge to "Cómo Olvidar" raise the tracks a notch higher. Torres also boasts strong lyrics that can languish in introspective accompaniments (as in "Si Miras Atrás") but other times sparkle (note the witty "Tresde Abril"). A strong debut from a promising artist.—LC

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