Lo Dijo el Corazón

Lo Dijo el Corazón, singer/songwriter Joan Sebastian's first studio album following his superlative live disc, once again highlights a prolific composer with an uncanny knack for writing catchy

Lo Dijo el Corazón, singer/songwriter Joan Sebastian's first studio album following his superlative live disc, once again highlights a prolific composer with an uncanny knack for writing catchy melodies. Lo Dijo el Corazón is, predictably, an album of romantic ballads—Sebastian's forte—that are accessible, straightforward, and never taxing on the listener. The difference here is the heavy use of the accordion as the main accompanying instrument, with satisfying, unpredictable results. "Cascaditas de te Quiero," for example, has an almost lambada-esque sound, while the upbeat "Ciega y Loca" features Brazilian drums. "El Pisotón" is a traditional Mexican huapango, but there's also a tango and an occasional waltz. There's also a few unremarkable tracks, but they're easily digestible. The single "Manantial de Llanto" is not as powerful as Sebastian's previous hit, "Secreto de Amor," but as a whole, the album is resolutely upbeat, all the more noteworthy in the face of Sebatian's ongoing battle with cancer.—LC
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