David Bisbal

Sin Mirar Atras

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Before its release, the popular speculation was that David Bisbal's 2009 album would be his grand crossover effort, as if he needed it. The Spanish singer has done just fine in his native tongue, having earned platinum sales across Europe and hitting the charts in America, but Sin Mirar Atras is still an album with a purpose. What it desires is to be taken seriously. The opening "Esclavo de Sus Besos" may be an uptempo and effervescent rocker but the production is perfectly sane, avoiding the over-production and gimmicky slickness found on earlier Bisbal singles. The grand ballad "Mi Princesa" is delivered with the right combination of grace and restraint, while the closing "Juro Que Te Amo" communicates a desire to stay together forever, not just the young lust of the singer's earlier work. While some fans might miss the slick dance numbers and the over the top pop tracks, the rich and rewarding Sin Mirar Atras is the sound of a former reality television contestant successfully completing the transition to mature artist.

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