Arde El Cielo
Label: WM Mexico
Juan Luis Guerra may have won all the big awards in 2007-08, but Mana loomed just as large -- if not larger -- on the musical landscape. This live set only confirms that the band has grown into a melodic rock powerhouse, crafting a rootsy sound that feels as comfortable as an old shoe -- even if you're hearing it for the first time. (And nobody can get an arena rocking like these guys.) The a cappella opening of "No Ha Parada De Llover" brings that old song back to life, though the band focuses primarily -- and rightly -- on their very strong recent material. Two new tracks round out the set.