Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Listen
>TODAY Raul Malo (Higher Octave) The former lead singer of the Mavericks strikes out on his own with this varied set on which the Cuban-American explores Latin sounds on four Spanish-language numbers, including the festive "Ya Tu Veras."
FOR THE LOVE... The O'Jays (MCA) If the Isley Brothers can make a comeback, maybe it's the O'Jays' turn. The veteran vocal group lets its soul glow on this collection of slow jams ("I'm Ready Now") and midtempo boppers ("Let's Ride").
ALESSANDRO SAFINA Alessandro Safina (Interscope) Andrea Bocelli, watch out! Safina is the latest Italian tenor hoping to hit a high note as a crossover act on his U.S. debut, which translates classical for pop ears on tunes like "Siena."
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