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Latin Siesta

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Latin Siesta, a companion volume to the somewhat more up-tempo "Latin Fiesta" collection features a mellow, Latin flavored mix of Spanish worship songs alongside covers of well-known Contemporary Christian ballads. Most of the arrangements are likewise bland. The arrangement of Michael W. Smith's "This Is Your Time" is typical: start with pitter-patter percussion, play the verses on acoustic guitar, and the chorus with a straightforward, unimaginative horn section. "Worth It" has a pretty flute melody, but "Butterfly Kisses," driven by an alto sax, is senior prom Muzak all the way. The originally Latin numbers are slightly more interesting, from the soothing "Quien Como Tu" to "Un Lugar Celestial," but even these are a little too mellow to generate repeated listens.