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Spanish language music: Latin Pop


In the early 1990s, the US witnessed a grand expansion in Latin music, driven by a growing Hispanic population and several crossover artists. Though not restricted to the US, Latin pop was greatly influenced by production methods and musical styles that originated mainly in the US. In addition, Miami and New York each had a thriving Latin club scene that fueled the Latinized dance-pop movement. In 1999, Latin pop further boosted its commercial success with the popular acceptance of crossover stars Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez.


Marc Anthony (New York, USA)
Amar sin mentiras [2005] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Amar sin mentiras finds pop-salsero Marc Anthony standing comfortably at the crossroads of his bilingual career. The album (his first since 2002's English-language Mended) is Anthony's first foray into Latin pop, and it's one of his finest efforts overall. Anthony's previous Spanish-language albums were fiery salsa collections, and they helped him cement his status as the genre's premiere superstar. His English pop releases, however, never quite matched that passion, mostly because of drippy production and syrupy sweet songwriting. Amar Sin Mentiras sees the accomplished singer conquering the romantic ballad territory occupied by the likes of Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin with an eenthusiastic energy. First single "Ahora Quien" is anchored by a lovely arrangement featuring the London Symphony Orchestra. Equally compelling is "Escapemonos," Anthony's duet with blushing bride Jennifer Lopez from the film "Shall We Dance?" Through it all, Anthony's rich voice remains a marvel. And for those disappointed by the overall pensive mood, fear not: a salsa version of the album is scheduled to be released later this year. -- Review by Joey Guerra

CD Soundtrack El Cantate [2007] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Sigo siendo yo: Grandes exitos [2006] • LISTENBUY CD |CD Marc Anthony [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Libre [2001] • LISTEN
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Christina Aguilera (New York, USA)
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CD Stripped [2002] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Underneath all Christine Aguilera's coy affectations and vocal gymnastics lurks a rare talent. With her second album, Aguilera allows it to flower by abandoning all pretense at courting the teenage market. Stripped is a seemingly effortless move into weightier adult territory. Using her extraordinary voice as a much subtler instrument, Aguilera sings movingly and with grit and anger about the disintegration of a relationship; she's ultimately stronger for the pain. But that's not her whole agenda. Aguilera also extols the power of women on "Can't Hold Us Down," which features Lil' Kim. Other guests include Dave Navarro, Redman, and Alicia Keys. Aguilera cowrote most of the songs on the disc and produced one cut. She also partnered with former 4 Non Blondes leader and Pink collaborator Linda Perry on four songs, which gives Aguilera a rock edge that she has never before displayed. -- Review by Jaan Uhelszki

CD Back to Basics [2006] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mi reflejo [2000] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Christina Aguilera [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Just Be Free [2001] • LISTENBUY CD
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Aventura (Bronx, USA / Dominican Republic)
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David Bisbal (Spain)
CD Oye El Boom [2007] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Premonición [2006] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Bulería [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Corazón Latino [2002] • LISTENBUY CD
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Celtas Cortos (Spain)
CD 20 Soplando Versos [2006] • BUY CD | CD C'est la vie [2004] • BUY CD | CD Nos vemos en los bares [2004] • BUY CD
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Chayanne (Puerto Rico)
CD Mi tiempo [2007] • LISTEN BUY CD | CD Desde siempre [2005] • LISTEN BUY CD | CD Sincero [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Grandes exitos [2002] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Influencias [1994] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Tiempo de vals [1990] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Atado a tu amor [1998] • LISTENBUY CD
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Cristian (Castro) (Mexico)
CD El Indomable [2007] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Azul [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Amar es [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Canciones que amo [2003] • BUY CD | CD 15 Greatest Hits [2003] • BUY CD | CD Mi vida sin tu amor [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Lo mejor de mi [1997] • BUY CD
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Sergio Dalma (Spain)
CD Lo Mejor de Sergio Dalma 1989-2004 [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Historias normales [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Nueva Vida [2001] • LISTENBUY CD
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Gloria Estefan (Cuba / Florida, USA)
CD Amor y suerte: Exitos románticos [2004] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Gloria Estefan may have fallen out of commercial favor with English-speaking audiences over the past several years, but her musical output has hardly reflected a change. It's particularly true of her Spanish-language recordings, on which she has continually evolved and explored new, diverse sounds. Amor y Suerte: Exitos Romanticos chronicles that impressive path, culling some of Estefan's best work from the past decade. Notable are a trio of duets that find the Cuban diva holding her own against the formidable voices of Alejandro Fernandez ("En el Jardin"), Jon Secada ("Por Amor") and Jose Feliciano ("Tengo Que Decirte Algo"). The compilation also features "Hoy" and "Tu Fotografia," two stellar singles from Estefan's unjustly overlooked Unwrapped album. Lush production values and Estefan's plaintive-yet-longing delivery unify the entire project. It ends with "Ay, Ay, Ay Amor," a new track that pulses to a rousing salsa-dance beat and signifies another exciting direction for Latin-pop's premiere songstress. -- Review by Joey Guerra

CD The Essential Gloria Estefan [2006] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Greatest Hits [1992] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Unwrapped [2003] • LISTEN
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Enrique Iglesias (Spain)
CD Insomniac [2007] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Escape [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Enrique [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Seven [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Cosas del amor [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Quizas [2002] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Enrique Iglesias [2002] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Vivir [1997] • LISTENBUY CD
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La Mafia (Houston, USA)
CD A todo color [1992] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Los Lobos (East Los Angeles, USA)
BOX SET Just Another Band From East L.A. [1993] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Jennifer Lopez (Bronx, USA)
CD Como ama una mujer [2007] • LISTENBUY CD |CD Rebirth [2005] • LISTENBUY CD | CD On the 6 [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD J.Lo [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD This Is Me ... Then [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD The Reel Me [2003] • LISTENBUY CD
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Maná (Mexico)
CD Revolución de amor [2002] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: With 16 million total units in global sales (1999's MTV Unplugged has sold 3 million copies so far), four-time Grammy winners Maná are one of the biggest Latin rock bands around. Revolución de Amor, the four-piece band's first studio album in five years, continues Maná's ongoing dual interest in themes of love and social issues, and the band is masterful at packaging its potent messages in an accessible guitar-based sound. Hailing from Guadalajara, Mexico, Maná create an organic mix of classic rock, modern rock, and traditional Latin music that will appeal to fans of Santana and Rubén Blades (both of whom make guest appearances here). But the band is also able to attract younger audiences thanks to punkier songs such as "Nada Que Perder," which could very easily break through on K-rock radio stations across the U.S. One of Maná's best albums to date, Revolución de Amor is proof positive that Latin rock can be accessible to a broad range of people who don't speak Spanish. --Tad Hendrickson

CD Cuando los angeles lloran [1995] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Sueños liquidos [1997] • LISTENBUY CD | CD MTV Unplugged [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Donde jugarán los niños [1994] • LISTENBUY CD | CD En vivo [1994] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Falta amor [1992] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Todos sus exitos [2000] • LISTENBUY CD | BOX SET Lo esencial de Maná [2001] • LISTENBUY CD
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Ricky Martin (Puerto Rico)
CD Ricky Martin [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Vuelve [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Sound Loaded [2000] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Best of Ricky Martin [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD La historia [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Almas del silencio [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD A medio vivir [1995] • LISTENBUY CD
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Mecano (Spain)
CD Ana, José, Nacho [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Descanso dominical [1987] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Luis Miguel (Mexico)
CD México el la piel [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD 20 Años [1990] • LISTENBUY CD | BOX SET Todos los romances [1998] • LISTENBUY CD
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Tito Puente, Jr. (New York, USA)
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Paulina Rubio (Mexico)
Paulina [2000] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Since the release of 1996's dance-oriented Planeta Paulina, Paulina Rubio has switched labels, refocused her musical energy, and emerged with a palette of sounds and styles that makes Paulina her most diverse and mature album yet. With the help of Colombian producer and songwriter Estefano, Rubio has taken the rock, pop, and dance influences heard on previous albums and blended them effortlessly on this collection, her fourth. The first single, "Lo Hare Por Ti," rides an infectious guitar hook, while "Yo Sigo Aqui" and "Sexi Dance" showcase pulsing club rhythms. Rubio even dabbles in Go-Go's-flavored pop ("Sin Aire") and interprets one of the great Juan Gabriel's polished ballads ("Cancun y Yo"). The album's shining moment, though, is "El Ultimo Adios," which bleeds electric guitars and a lilting pop beat into a traditional mariachi arrangement. Forget Ricky and Jennifer--Paulina is Latin pop for the new millennium. -- Review by Joey Guerra

CD Pau-Latina [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Border Girl [2002] • LISTENBUY CD | CD I'm So in Love: Grandes exitos [2002] • LISTENBUY CD | CD 30 exitos insuperables [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Planeta Paulina [1996] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Tiempo es oro [1995] • LISTENBUY CD | CD La chico dorada [1992] LISTENBUY CD
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Alejandro Sanz (Spain)
CD Grandes Éxitos 91-04 [2004] • BUY CD • REVIEW: If anyone warrants an expanse career retrospective, it's Alejandro Sanz, whose gravelly-voiced charm and thoughtful songwriting have been thrilling fans for years. The Spanish singer gets his just due on this beautifully packaged, three-disc collection chronicling his entire musical livelihood. Two new tracks, "Tu No Tienes Alma" and "Cuando Sea Espacio," mesh nicely with Sanz's repertoire. But it's the well-known hits--"La Fuerza del Corazon," "Como Te Hecho de Menos," "Quisiera Ser" and "No Es Lo Mismo," just to name a few--that give Grandes Éxitos its heft. Sanz is one of Spanish pop music's most-accomplished songwriters and musicians, and experiencing his entire body of work at once is a genuine treat. Equally enticing is the third disc of rarities, which includes unreleased duets with Omara Portuondo, the Corrs and Armando Manzanero, as well as several demos, including an acoustic rendition of the Sanz classic "Corazon Partio." A true keepsake of an artist in his electrifying prime. -- Review by Joey Guerra

CD MTV Unplugged [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Más [1997] • LISTENBUY CD | CD No es lo mismo [2003] • LISTENBUY CD
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Shakira (Columbia)
CD Fijación oral [2005] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: It's thrilling--in any language--to hear new music from Colombian superstar Shakira. And it's been a long time coming. Shakira's English crossover opus, Laundry Service, was released in 2001. The Spanish Donde Estan Los Ladrones came three years before that. Fijación Oral, Volumen 1 is the first of two new discs; an English counterpart is due in November. Shakira's bleating, biting voice is in fine form, and it gives the material an electric urgency. She's girlish and innocent during the glittering "Dia de Enero" and sensual and seductive amid the thundering beats of "Lo Imprescindible." A talented stable of producers, including former Soda Stereo vocalist Gustavo Cerati, has swathed Shakira in rhythm-based arrangements. But the album's best moments come when Shakira channels her inner--and innate--rock goddess. "La Tortura" is a hurts-so-good break-up duet with Alejandro Sanz, and "Escondite Ingles" rides a beach-party guitar groove. -- Review by Joey Guerra

CD Fijación oral 2 [2006] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Live & Off the Record [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Grandes exitos [2002] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Laundry Service [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Dónde están los Ladrones? [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Pies Descalzos [1996] • LISTENBUY CD
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