Alexandre Pires

Alexandre Pires

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The solo debut from Alexandre Pires, lead vocalist for Brazil's Só Pra Contrariar, is an impeccably produced collection of power ballads delivered in a sensual croon. Singing in Spanish instead of Portuguese, Pires invests his lyrics with bucketfuls of emotion, resulting in powerful singalong anthems like "Aqui Nada Es Igual," "Usted Se Me Llevo la Vida," and "Necesidad." Though there's nothing here as catchy and infectious as Só Pra Contrariar's "Santo Santo," Pires appears quite ready to take his place in a long line of Latin heartthrobs from Julio Iglesias to Ricky Martin.

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