Various Artists

Los Mejores Duetos, Vol. 2

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Why have one Latin pop star when one could have two? Maybe more? Sony/BMG's Strategic Marketing group has for the second time put together a collection of some of the genre's biggest stars appearing side by side. The emotive, weepy tone that pervades such collaborations comes out in full force for 2007's Los Mejores Duetos, Vol. 2. The adoring couple staring wistfully at the ocean featured on the cover offer a hint as to the CD's contents. Bright spots include Ricky Martin's rendition of "Te Recuerdo" alongside Mari de Chambao and Tommy Torres, and "Déjalo Ir" from Benny and Maria Urtuzuastegui. A funky live version of "Algo Más" from La 5a Estación and Miguel Inzunza is the record's only respite from the album's syrupy sweet, candlelight vibe. Though Duetos features a huge variety of recording artists, that is the project's only variety. The album's only weakness is that it exposes just how formulaic the pop duet format really is. Listener's will quickly tire from the repetitious tempos and production decisions. However, for those already hooked on the admittedly pleasing and sugary product, Mejores Duetos, Vol. 2 has it, uncut.

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