Akiva - Bueno y Sano
Bueno Y Sano is an interesting mix of styles and sounds. This is a very poppy album with a lot of commercial potential. Babylon has a very radio-friendly vibe to it, and I could hear this getting significant attention on top-40 radio. This Is Life starts out on a DMB-esque riff and moves into a straightforward pop/rock tune with a positive message. Akiva seems to have a gift for snappy lyrics. The music is very variable in style, although it doesn't break any boundaries. The music is not particularly challenging but wraps perfectly around Akiva's lyrics.
Check out Laughing Tuesday's Gone, one of two choices for my favorite song here. Bueno y Sano closes out with Faithful, an incredibly nuanced and mature song that is either an ode to one's own sense of self or to a higher power, depending on how you listen to it. This is my other favorite song on the album. From the songwriter perspective it is miles removed from the rest of the album: A true flash of genius.
Bueno Y Sano is a solid album with some really great moments. It would easily fit into almost any CD or MP3 collection based on the diversity of styles and sounds within it. Akiva is a very talented singer/songwriter: One to be watched. Bueno Y Sano may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)