With this debut disc, Julio Iglesias Jr. takes his first steps with some mighty big shoes.
With this debut disc, Julio Iglesias Jr. takes his first steps with some mighty big shoes. And unlike his crooner dad, the younger Iglesias opts for a more rock-flavored adventure. Doubters may question the wisdom of trying to reach U.S. Latinos with American-style alt-rock in Spanish when fusions of rock with (insert native country here) roots dominate the scene. But Miami-based Julio has more clout than your typical debut artist. Influenced by Third Eye Blind and Matchbox Twenty, Julio wisely keeps guitar-framed nuggets like "Con el Viento" and "Quisiera Volver" softer than those groups' hits. In other words, nothing here will offend Latin pop radio. Julio's alt-rock leanings seep through ever-so-discreetly on the uptempo lead single "Los Demás," which was co-written with Fulano founder Elsten Torres. While that song and the Goo Goo Dolls-influenced ballad "Dicen Que Hoy" are wildly infectious, Julio didn't resort to studio gimmicks to create a superficial commercial sheen. The result is an album of honest material that rewards with repeated listening.—RB