Diego Torres, "Distinto"
Argentine singer Diego Torres' first studio album in three years, "Distinto" (Different), showcases an edgier, more aggressive artist who's willing to step outside the bounds of pop with just the right degree of experimentation. The set--Torres' Universal Music Latino debut--isn't titled after a song, but a sentiment. Torres has always stayed on the more progressive side of pop, but on "Distinto" he not only uses electric guitars and drums in a far more prominent manner, he's also chosen an eclectic roster of collaborators. They include Spanish rapper Mala Rodriguez (on the multilayered song "Mirar Atras"), Yotuel of Cuban hip-hop group Orishas ("Cuando No Queda Nada") and alternative artist Kevin Johansen on album standout "Bendito," a mix of pop and twangy country. At times joyful ("Mi Corazon Se Fue") and introspective (the melancholy "En un Segundo"), "Distinto" highlights a singer who's found a voice as a compelling songwriter with commercial appeal.