Where is the eclectic spirit of the previous Cafe Mambo albums? The Cafe Mambo series has always been famous for skillfully and cohesively mixing distinctively different musical styles. Pete Gooding's and Jose Padilla's recent Cafe Mambo compilations are a solid testament to this.
This Cafe Mambo 2010 is a well-compiled album in its own category, i.e., if you are looking for a "lightweight" house & electronica type of music experience. However, I was definitely expecting something more, something different. If this was a "standard" Cafe Mambo album with CD1 carrying a "Day" label (chill-out, sipping a drink) and CD2 carrying a "Night" label (chill-out, dancing), I would put all the three 2010 CDs into the "Night" category. The key problem I have with this album is the fact that it gets occasionally outright boring, and it is simply hard to distinguish between some of the tracks.
I do hope that this does not reflect the future direction of the Cafe Mambo series, but they will soon return to the 2005-2007 & 2009 approach with a contemporary spirit, of course.