Camila, "Dejarte de Amar"

Album Review

The cover art of Camila's second album, "Dejarte de Amar," is tasteful and sparse, with the Mexican pop group's three members pictured suspended over the water at a distance, their features indistinguishable. But the music itself is lush, the beautiful melodies that are a Camila trademark blended artfully in vocal harmony. "Dejarte de Amar" continues the path that Camila crafted on its 2006 self-titled debut, but multiplied. For example, the track "Bésame" begins with a simple voice over keyboard, then steadily progresses to finally explode into a chorus backed by full orchestra. While strings are a staple of Latin pop, Camila uses them with symphonic emphasis and rock attitude, despite the group's unabashed romanticism. The result is a collection of unique tracks that navigate pop, rock and a tad of blues ("Nada"). The album closer "De Mi," with its soulful introductory flute and high-pitched vocals, is a departure that wants to drive home the musical aptitude of a very musical group.