Raymond Fiore
June 25, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Providing more evidence that Anthony’s supple voice uplifts even the most saccharine material, ”Mentiras”, the Nuyorican crooner’s first Spanish-language pop album, effectively squashes any urge to hear him belt like a gringo ever again. From the dark orchestral swells of ”Ahora Quien” to the organic bolero shuffle of ”Tu Amor Me Hace Bien,” Anthony’s unbridled conviction imbues the songs with a winsome flair for the melodramatic. Points subtracted, though, for the drippy J. Lo duet ”Escapemonos.”

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