This is a super intriguing release from the Miami-based/Colombian-born singer-songwriter Fernando Osorio. The winner of the 2004 Latin Grammy for Best Tropical Song for "Ríe y Llora" plays his heart and soul out throughout the 11-song acoustic set. Debe Ser is smooth and confident with Osorio's voice affecting a pleasurable, unassuming, but passionate tone and with a slight edge. The mostly romantic compositions exhibit a fatalistic but optimistic outlook and feature percussive Spanish and Brazilian strumming and rhythms. While difficult to overlook any song, two highlights include the moving and poignant "El Sol" and "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" written for the late salsa queen, Celia Cruz.
Francisco H. Ciriza