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Raul Midón

Evoking the soulful melodies and introspective lyrics of Stevie Wonder, Midón’s debut album serves as both a tribute to his musical influences and an illustration of his own artistic voice. While several of the album’s 13 tracks focus on the joys (and frustrations) of love, the sentimentality never becomes too maudlin, as it is rooted in Midón’s genuine appreciation for life. Tracks such as “Suddenly” and “Keep on Hoping” effectively capture the transformative effect of true love as well as the frustration of unrequited attraction, respectively, while “State of Mind” and “Everybody” focus on the uplifting possibilities of the human spirit. Combining soul, jazz and Latin into a cohesive and distinct sound, Midón is one of music’s rising talents, and mainstream success is inevitable.