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Juanes, 'Mis Planes Son Amarte'
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Juanes, Mis Planes Son Amarte18/50

Juanes, 'Mis Planes Son Amarte'

Mis Planes Son Amarte – Juanes' first studio release in three years and reportedly the first "visual album" by a Latin artist – rewards traditional immersion, taken in full. Made with the Puerto Rican director Kacho Lopez and starring Juanes as a love-struck archaeologist caught in a loop of astronaut flashbacks and earthly, emotional commitments, the hour-long live-action production (with an animated coda) is sleek, earnest and effective in the narrative staging of Juanes' 12 new songs. It is the blues of loneliness with the funk of desire and tripping-rock vibrations in a stark deep-soul music – Juanes channeling the prime solo George Michael and Seventies records by Donny Hathaway while facing forward with self-assurance. 

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