Mana Takes a Genre-Bending Left Turn With ‘Cama Incendiada’: Album Review

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On Maná's last studio LP, 2011's Drama y Luz, the chart-topping Mexican band embraced gothic tales and angst. But Cama Incendiada (Burning Bed), despite its title -- and singer Fher Olvera's separation from Telemundo star Monica Noguera earlier in 2015 -- pivots into winking pop-rock with touches of uncharacteristic whimsy.

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That could be due to the group, for the first time in its 30-year career, enlisting an ­outside producer: George Noriega (Shakira, Gloria Estefan), who pushed the band's limits. The Caribbean grooves remain, but the songs often veer into heavy rock arrangements with big strings and even dance beats. A country-cumbia cover of ­immigrant anthem "Somos Mas Americanos" is just one ­experimental highlight. The first single may be the gentle, Shakira-featuring ­ballad "Mi Verdad," but that song is a Trojan horse for an album full of party rock with a surprising edge.

This story originally appeared in the May 9 issue of Billboard

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