|The Ear Magazine: April, 2003, by Crystal Wicker|
On his latest disc, Ariel Aparicio hums of semi-autobiographical reflections with poise and refinement. Delving into traditional Latin elements while exploring modern rock and pop, the Cuban-born musician reveals a grouping of fluid sounds without the usual high gloss approach.
The title track and previously released Sweetness embody a textured, live band quality filled with spicey tambourines, heartening percussion and guitars. Aparicio demonstrates an uncanny vocal similarity to Ricky Martin in Hail to the Loser and the fun, salsa-tinged number Mi Corazon (My Heart), but his interpretation of The Pretenders Kid bids a more delicate performance. If youre searching for what lies ahead in alternative pop, All I Wanted provides a flavorful indication.