The music on this disc is a wonderous cultural phenomenon. We find congas, lead female vocal, piano, vocal chorus, violin, and brass. FIVE STARS for the music on the album.
In my limited experience with Cuban music, I have found two other albums that can match this one, in terms of authenticity in sound and ability to command sustained interest and attention. These two albums are Afro Cuban All Stars on the World Circuit label (No.: 79476-2) and Tito Puente's album, MAMBO BIRDLAND. I also like Mongo Santamaria's UP FROM THE ROOTS album and AFRO-AMERICAN LATIN albums. These albums provide an array of authentic Cuban sounds (not latinized American pop songs, or relaxing Latin lounge music).
But the sound on the Estefan compact disc is distorted. The sound is imprinted on the compact disc to provide an extremely high volume. Because of this, or perhaps because of some other reason, the sound is fuzzy and distorted throughout the entire Estefan compact disc. To...
Oftentimes the only good song on an album, is the first one or two. At any rate, you expect the intial songs to establish the mood and style of an album.
That is not the case with Gloria Estefan's new album 90 Millas. The first two songs are completely out of character with the rest of this lengthy album, and I personally don't like them. Furthermore, the last two of the 14 songs I am not really crazy about either.
With these odd bookends, I had some trouble initially realizing how wonderful the 10 songs in between are.
90 Millas is closest overall to Mi Tierra, that is, it is thoroughly Cuban, as opposed to the more generally Caribbean moods of Abriendo Puertas and Alma Caribenna. While it does not exceed Mi Tierra in quality, it is overall a very satisfying album. It took me time to get into it, but now I love it.
Me Odio - this song has a good instrumentation, and is very Cuban, but the vocal line to me is very weak - repetitive and...
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