Alex Cuba, "Alex Cuba"
Alex Cuba--the Cuban-Canadian singer/songwriter most recently known for co-writing Nelly Furtado's 2009 Spanish-language debut album, "Mi Plan"--lets his versatility shine on this follow-up to the psychedelic folk-rock of his 2009 album, "Agua del Pozo." Cuba ventures into acoustic disco ("If You Give Me Love"), bluesy rock ("Que Pasa Lola?") and a pop anthem--"Solo Tu"--that should be the envy of every commercial Latin artist that Cuba will likely write for. The artist is adept at filling his music with colors, textures and temperatures of the different worlds he thrives in by using funky horns, tender acoustic guitars and thoughtful lyrics. "I was born of a diving being," he sings in the prayerful track "Contradicciones." "If life is what you are and I am your shadow, don't hide from me when you shine your light." --Ayala Ben-Yehuda