Personnel: Victor Manuelle (vocals); Louis Garcia (guitar, tres); Angel Torres (baritone saxophone); Vincente Castillo, Tommy Villarini, Angel Machado (trumpet); Antonio Vazquez (trombone); Lisandro Arias (piano); Ramon Sanchez (keyboards); Ruben Rodriguez (bass); Robert Vilera (bongo, timbal, tambora); Juan "Papo" Pepin (congas); Luis Cabargas, Ramon Rodriguez, Johnny Rivera (background vocals).
Personnel: Louis García (guitar); Angel Torres (baritone saxophone); Vicente Cusi Castillo, Tommy Villarini, Angel "Angie" Machado (trumpet); Antonio Vazquez (trombone); Lisandro Arias (piano); Ramón Sánchez (keyboards); Juan "Papo" Pepín (congas); Robert Vilera (bongos, tambourine, timbales); Santiago "Chago" Martínez (bongos, timbales, percussion); Luis Cabargas, Johnny Rivera, Ramón Rodríguez (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ramón Sánchez; Ronnie Torres.
Recording information: AQ-30 Studio; Power Light Studio; Skylight Studios.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Cynthia Rodríguez; Angel Torres.
Arranger: Ramón Sánchez.
While Puerto Rican vocalist Victor Manuelle is yet another pretty face emerging from contemporary salsa's hit factory, he happens to possess a formidable tenor. At times sounding like progenitors like Ruben Blades and Gilberto Santa Rosa, his music trades on the anguished love-lost laments that pushed Marc Anthony to the top. His band, which draws from some of Puerto Rico's best sessionists and is anchored by the ubiquitous bassist Ruben Rodriguez, does a stellar job setting up Manuelle for the mid-song improvisational scatting that makes or breaks top soneros.
On IRONIAS, Manuelle wades through a litany of heartbreak with a confident swing, not stretching beyond the capabilities of his mid-range. He frequently returns to a signature yelp that sounds like a cowboy kicking his horse into high gear. Tunes like "Se me Rompe el Alma" and "Que habria sido de mi" do a nice job of marrying pop-style arrangements with the funky piano jamming of hardcore salsa. "Mentiras" incorporates a Gypsy Kings-ish flamenco beat and evolves into a downright anthemic star turn.