With simmering intensity that never has to reach a boiling point to profoundly effect the listener, the debut album from nueva trova protagonist Roberto Poveda, Son Electrico is yet another jewel in Miami's crown, as Latin America's musical capitol. Simultaneously balancing a rootsy aesthetic with very modern ideas and content, Poveda will remind listeners of the genius of cross-genre artists like Taj Mahal and Norah Jones. The singer/songwriter comes to the major-label table at the end of a very long musical journey. Born in Cuba, Poveda established himself as an important figure in the nueva trova cubana movement throughout the '80s before relocating to Bogota, Colombia. After several years' work in theater and film, Poveda recolated again and finally to Miami, where a publishing deal allowed him to focus solely on his music and the writing process. Regular live performances won him both a fan base, and the opportunity to record his own record. The resulting project features some of the most subtle, sensual songwriting to heard today. The tone of the record is delightfully organic and raw. Poveda's electric guitar playing is intelligent and sparse, not often the case in Latin music contexts. His taste for production is as sensitive and refined as his songcraft. Poveda's debut performance is of a strength and consistency not often seen. Brilliant.
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AllMusic Review by Evan C. Gutierrez