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.
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.