Miguel Bosé, "Cardio"

Album Review

A pop icon in his native Spain since the '70s, Miguel Bosé is no stranger to lycra and headbands. And though he maintains that the title of his new album, "Cardio," is a reference to the Greek word for "heart," these tracks are destined for workout playlists throughout the Spanish-speaking world. From the bouncy electro-pop title track to the echoes of the Ziggy Stardust phase of his idol David Bowie on "¿Hay?" to the Bollywood-tinged "Ayurvedico," Bosé's seductive frivolity is in full force. The lusty rap "Jurame" was inspired by the 2009 humanitarian Paz Sin Fronteras concert Bosé organized with Juanes in Havana, and "Eso No" is a poignant power ballad that could be an anthem for his gay followers. "Cardio," the follow-up to his 2007 hit album, "Papito" (a duets album honoring his 30-year career), is brimming with retro flavor. While his music might not be completely original, Bosé overcomes any thin spots in his repertoire with his personal flair, a charming combination of sophistication and camp. -Judy Cantor-Navas