At some point, Colombian threesome Los Tri-O could have been regarded as a gimmick: a trio of young cuties singing Latin standards in traditional trio format.

At some point, Colombian threesome Los Tri-O could have been regarded as a gimmick: a trio of young cuties singing Latin standards in traditional trio format. But since its debut, the group has shown that it's capable of holding its own with increasing vocal maturity and interpretative ability. This third album, a collection of Juan Gabriel hits, pays homage to the singer/songwriter by providing completely different readings of his material, including two tracks ("Hasta que te Conocí" and the final medley of songs) with Gabriel himself as guest singer. But although Los Tri-O themselves are remarkable—the album's vocal blend and sensibility are outstanding—the musical arrangements eventually languish in sameness and predictability. A trio feel is preserved throughout with the use of requinto and guitars. And the soaring trumpet and strings are initially effective—that is, until every song is afforded virtually the exact treatment down to the entrance of the violins.—LC