Luis Miguel, "Luis Miguel"

70 Billboard Rating

Mexican superstar Luis Miguel possesses one of the most distinctive and wonderful voices of his generation; a much-lauded, versatile instrument that's unparalleled in its interpretation of traditional Mexican music, standards and ballads. Less endearing are the singer's renditions of uptempo pop, which make up the bulk of his new, self-titled album. Although the arrangements and orchestrations are impeccable-as is, of course, Miguel's fabled voice-the sound is pure '80s, with disco beats and Vegas horns. No doubt this resonates with Miguel fans; if it ain't broke, why fix it? But its dated feel may explain the lukewarm radio response. First single "Labios de Miel" is only No. 31 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart after four weeks. Far more enticing are Miguel's read on slow, romantic ballads ("Tres Palabras," "No Existen Limites") that allow his voice to soar even further and which lend themselves to romanticized arrangements.

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