Children's Choir Of Pueblo

Canciones del Alma: Paz

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The brief Spanish-language Canciones del Alma: Paz collection presents modern interpretations of hymns and inspirational music, performed by a children's choir. "Aleluya" is an appropriate beginning, with the children's voices well-suited to the surging changes of the melody. It's appropriately reverent and yet thoroughly entertaining. "Mirad Cuan Bueno" is another standout. As a synthesized harp plucks out the melody, a vocalist sings solo in slightly faltering tones. Joined by the rest of the choir, the song opens up a bit but retains its austere feel. The same can't be said for the bulk of Canciones del Alma: Paz, however. The arrangements lean too much on keyboards, and most of the material moves much too quickly for the young choir to keep up without losing its focus. The album's message of peace is certainly uplifting. But that's no excuse for a lackluster presentation.

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