Duetos

It's hard to go wrong with an album that features some of the best Latin songs of all time, performed by some of the genre's most distinctive singers.

It's hard to go wrong with an album that features some of the best Latin songs of all time, performed by some of the genre's most distinctive singers. Duetos draws from Mexican composer Armando Manzanero's endless composition arsenal and comes up with 11 little gems in which Manzanero sings with such artists as Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bosé, Café Quijano, Edith Márquez, and Lucero, among others. It's an eclectic bunch, but the arrangements are, for the most part, tailor-made. Standouts are a pared-down, jazzy version of "Adoro" with Sanz, a surprising "Esperaré" with pop/rock Spanish group Café Quijano that begins as a bolero and segues into a salsa, and a lyrical "No" with Márquez. Never a strong singer, Manzanero's vocal contributions are as limited as possible here. That said, it is a duets disc, after all.—LC