Danilo Parra

Mis Canciones

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Those with only a vague familiarity with Latin music sometimes think that it's all intense, rhythmic, "authentic" music that's somehow purer and less commercially motivated than the big business of American pop music. One listen to Danilo Parra's Mis Canciones will be enough to convince anyone with such a simplistic, reductive (and mildly patronizing) view of Latin music otherwise: indeed, Latin pop has its Clay Aiken types as well. Dreamy-looking as all get out, but a painfully awkward and insincere singer, Parra blunders through the ballad-heavy set with little in the way of evident emotion. Meanwhile, the band of faceless session cats plods through unimaginative arrangements that occasionally touch on norteño (note the accordion pumping alongside the hip-hop drum loop on "¿Y por Qué?") or bolero traditions, but for the most part are indistinguishable from the sound of generations of middle-of-the-road pop records. Mis Canciones is as dreary as any similar album from a mildly talented chart-wannabe singer from Iowa or Alberta.

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