Imanol Landeta

Señales

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The term rock en español has been used to describe Spanish-language rock that can be anything from alternative metal to ska-punk to emo, and the term even applies to some Latin pop/rock that is so Top 40-ish that people sort of overlook the rock qualities and simply call it Latin pop. Item: Imanol Landeta's Señales ("Signals"), which is Spanish-language pop/rock even though Fonovisa only describes it as Latin pop on the back cover. In the press releases that Fonovisa sent out in connection with Señales, there was no mention of rock en español -- only Latin pop -- and that makes sense because Señales is not pretending to be an album by El Tri or Caifanes. Landeta's approach is very middle-of-the-road, and while slick offerings like "Nada en el Mundo" ("Nothing in the World"), "Cerca de Ti" ("Close to You") and "Aquí Sin Ti" ("Here Without You") aren't terribly challenging, they are still enjoyable. The material is slick and commercial, but it isn't bubblegum. Landeta (the son of Mexican telenovela actor Manuel Landeta) turned 20 on July 23, 2007 but was only 19 when this 39-minute CD came out a few months before that; Señales is the work of someone who still has some growing and developing to do, but all things considered, it is a decent outing from the Mexico City native.

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