(Caribbean Soul), Gloria Estefan
's third Spanish-language album, is another assured, varied effort in the tradition of its predecessors, Mi Tierra
(1993) and Abriendo Puertas
(1995), both of which were popular successes. The album is a virtual tour of the Caribbean Islands, not only presenting styles from the singer's native Cuba but also from other Latin American countries. Much of the record has a traditional feel with acoustic instruments prominent, but that doesn't prevent a wide range of rhythms and musical approaches from being used. Salsa, son, murga, bolero, bachata, and Afro-Cuban styles are mixed, sometimes several in one song. Estefan
sings with assurance and is joined for one song each by Latin music forbears Celia Cruz
and José Feliciano
. Though the album is intensely rhythmic, there is little for the singer's dance audience until the end, when a remix of the first single, "No Me Dejes de Querer (Don't Stop Loving Me)," provides the requisite dancefloor entry.