Country-Cliche Time : EMILIO, “Life Is Good"** <i> Capitol Nashville</i>
Tejano singing star Emilio brings no surname, nor much of his Latino heritage, to his first album aimed at the country-music audience. Were it not for Spanish-language versions of two songs he also sings in English, you’d never guess he’s had five albums for Capitol’s sister label, EMI Latin. His attractively twangy voice has a dusky edge that occasionally flirts with soulful expression.
But the qualities that might allow Emilio to stand out from the crowd are buried, while cliche-ridden tunes leave him sounding like one more undistinguished hat act from Nashville.
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