SinVerguenza

Following a Grammy Award for best Latin pop album for its last project, "Caraluna," Bacilos returns with an earthier-sounding recording, and socially conscious lyrics take center stage.

Following a Grammy Award for best Latin pop album for its last project, "Caraluna," Bacilos returns with an earthier-sounding recording, and socially conscious lyrics take center stage. It's a challenge for listeners used to slicker pop. But the album is by no means brooding. Although some songs, including "La Ollah," are lyrically overbearing, Bacilos has humor in its arrangements—full of typical instrumentation—and in its often wise-cracking interpretation. "Es Mexicana," for example, set over traditional banda and Colombian instruments, is totally wonderful, while "Guerras Perdida," sung with guitar and percussion, is a direct reference to the tradition of Latin troubadors. While "SinVerguenza" may not have a huge radio hit like Bacilos' prior single, "Mi Primer Millón," it is cohesive and consistently satisfying.—LC