Victor & Leo,
Nada es Normal
(Sony BMG, 2008)

If you like easy listening, you may enjoy this album. The voices are pleasant enough, although the lyrics aren't going to excite many listeners.

Victor and Leonarda Chavez Zapala are natives of Brazil, and the brothers have worked hard for more than a decade to become important artists in the Brazilian music scene. Why they switched from their native Portuguese to Spanish for this album is not explained. It's probably a search for a wider audience, but I doubt it will have the desired result.

There are 10 tracks on this album, eight original compositions by Victor and one co-written with Leo.

Despite a variety of instruments and voices that blend well together, the songs just sound too similar. The songs have a simple romantic quality and may do as background or dinner music. But I don't see them competing with some of the more popular Latin stars.

review by
John R. Lindermuth

16 January 2010

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