Anyone who expects an overblown, unstintingly operatic performance of these popular songs, a la the usual tenor crossover product, faces disappointment. What you have here is the distinctly different, very beautiful "pop" voice of opera superstar Jose Cura, served up with heartfelt delivery of the texts by this master of musical story-telling. Each selection is a unique jewel infused with love, or longing, or wistfulness, or gentle humor. The rich baritonial purr of Cura's lower range is like lush velvet through this music, which, contrary to some reviews, is not Argentinian, but mostly out of Central America. The higher reaches in these songs alternate between exquisite softness and a soaring strength of sound that hints at what this singer can offer on the opera stage. The arrangements are beautifully scored, whether with full orchestra, a jazzy combo, or just piano accompaniment. A delightful dozen these are! Sit back, relax, and enjoy them.