Music: First Steps

A salsa star now tries to shake it up in English

Marc Anthony is one of the finest male vocalists recording today. Hearing his pure, radiant voice is like drawing the curtains back from a picture window and letting in the summer light. Until now, Anthony has been known to his many fans mainly as a salsa singer, and almost all his songs have been recorded in Spanish. His last album, Contra la Corriente (RMM), was a work of brilliance: it made TIME's list of the Top 10 pop albums of 1997, and it also helped pave the way for this year's mainstream media recognition of a new generation of Latin pop...

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