For All Time (Dreamworks)

Soluna 

For All Time (Dreamworks)

It's too perfect that Spielberg, Katzenberg and Geffen's label backs this big-screen-ready project: four beautiful Latin women who sing street-savvy pop like vocally enhanced versions of J-Lo. Unfortunately, in this case, four times the talent means at least four times the problem.

Great pop requires more than simply a pretty package, but that's all For All Time delivers. Soluna sings about heartbreak, regret and longing without ever sounding particularly vulnerable. Instead, its vocalists opt for a consistent level of undeniable technical expertise. It's fitting that this quartet covers Air Supply's "All out of Love," humorously highlighting why this soulless music is so unsatisfying.

The exceptions here are the more unabashedly Latin cuts. "Spanish Lullaby" features a genuinely moving vocal over acoustic guitar and strings, and "Monday Mi Amour" is a wonderfully bombastic dance record, like Abba doing salsa. Even the two featured cuts that are performed in both English and Spanish sound better in Spanish, though that might just be because the language barrier conceals the constant clichés. Soluna's debut disc hints at a warmth its members will express fully only by speaking much closer to their own hearts.

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