There’s something to be said for a man who wears his heart on his sleeve. And with his latest album, Muy Personal (out tomorrow on Kiyavi Records), Victor Manuelle does just that. Not that the Sonero de la Juventud has ever shied away from emotion, but this record is different. In it, he professes his love for his family.
He dedicates “Vivo Orgulloso” to his parents and thanks them for teaching him the virtues of love, kindness, respect and loyalty. “Amor de Madre,” which is for his mom, is destined to become a wedding standard played during the all-important mother and son dance. “Yo Confío en Ti” is for his brother, Héctor Gustavo, whose singing career he’s preparing to launch on his record label. And “Un Día se Irá” is for his two kids.
Leave it to Victor Manuelle to get all sentimental on us. And although this new album has a few of those romantic ballads we associate with salsa music, it’s refreshing to hear songs that aren’t about hooking up or letting go, and instead just celebrate family love.