The focus on Spanish singer María Salgado's second solo release moves from the Cuban habanera of her debut recording "Mirándote" to an eclectic mix of Spanish and Sephardic tunes. The exquisite Spanish instrumental combo La Musgaña is featured on a few of the tracks, but Salgado's vocal clearly dominates, supported by an ensemble which successfully reaches for the creative and the inspiring. Her precise intonations and sunny, smiling sound suffuse even the slower, sadder songs, emphasizing the hopefulness in the often fatalistic outlook of the traditional lyrics.
Two of the best tracks feature La Musgaña. "Dia de Hilar," perhaps the highpoint of the record, begins with quick waltz featuring melody on tamboril, a three-holed flute played one-handed, and transforms smoothly into a quick two-step, Salgado's vocal a miracle of intonation and melodic elaboration. In "Amor Amor," Salgado's voice turns breathless and a touch bitter, supported by bagpipes and soprano sax. "Siete Modos de Guisar las Berenjenas" will leave you humming the tunes, smitten with the voice, and hungry for Mediterranean cuisine. - Jim Foley
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