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2. Laundry Service
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Colombian superstar Shakira's first English-language disc, Laundry Service, carries the pointed credit "Entire Album Produced by Shakira." That might be a signal to U.S. fans who helped two of her previous discs go platinum under the media radar--a sign that this planned breakthrough has more to offer than the input of a score of image makers and outside writers. And it does; even the occasional clunky lyric comes directly from her overflowing heart. Laundry Service's meld of danceable pop and rockier ideas and textures follows the similar path of the singer-songwriter's previous work. Indeed, for all its high-end production values, the record is ultimately one of the least glossy crossover vehicles imaginable. Despite an occasional lean toward Celine Dion territory ("Underneath Your Clothes"), it has a freshness that's sure to win over new listeners even after the first single, the sly "Whenever, Wherever," has reached the saturation point. While still not fully formed as an artist, she's getting close to something of her own--something that may flower after she dumps the vocal Alanis-isms. For now, it's still a pleasure to watch her grow. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF TODAY'S REAL TALENTS
My initial impression BEFORE listening to "Laundry Service was "here we go..yet another girl pop singer to go with Britney, J. Lo, Ashanti, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera etc. etc. etc. and the rest". Don't believe first impressions. I watched her "Unplugged" DVD which is in Spanish (I don't speak it) and was really impressed by her abilities as a performer. Then I heard this CD. Shakira absolutely leaves those other girls for dead in the talent realm. I have heard this album over and over and the thing that strikes me most is the diversity of styles and influences that abound on this album. I'm surprised no one else has mentioned the nod to The B52's "Rock Lobster" during the guitar break in "Objection (Tango)". The opening to "Poem To A Horse" reminds me of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday". How cool. The other tracks particularly "Fool", "Underneath Your Clothes", "The One" and the Spanish language tracks are all quite good. The lady obviously is careful with her image and it's refreshing to see such an attractive female performer as Shakira NOT flashing bare body parts in her videos, something her contempories are guilty of as an apparent distraction from any lack of quality in the songs portrayed. She also had the good sense to NOT turn the clip to "The One" into an entry to a wet t-shirt competition. If you've seen the clip you'll know what I mean. The serious, talented girls like Shakira, Norah Jones and Australia's Delta Goodrem will concentrate on the music and not the image because that's what's important. If you want to determine the song's quality, listen with your ears, not your eyes. I recommend "Laundry Service" heartily as an enjoyable album to listen to, something I can't say about the recent boring efforts of her "R&B" contempories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shakira is one of the best artists...
I totally love her new album! I don't usually buy a single artist cd, because I usually will regret it. So I usually buy various artists albums. But Shakira's new single "Whenever, Wherever" is the reason why I brought her cd...and I haven't stop listening to it! I am now actually finding time almost everyday just to listen to her cd! The music and the lyrics of the songs, are! Track #2 "Underneath your clothes" is my next favourite song on her album. Very touching and emotional. And Track #11 "Eyes like yours (Ojos Asi)" is just great to dance to. Also, some recognition to Track #9 "Poem to a Horse"; very meaningful. Except for the 4 Spanish songs on the album, which I have no clue what the heck the lyrics mean. But even though I don't understand Spanish, I still listen to them because I love the rhythm and the music of these 4 Spanish songs. I actually have tried to sing along with the Spanish lyrics in my hands! It is that good! And I don't know why some people are comparing her to Britney. Britney doesn't write her own songs! Don't compare Shakira to Britney just because Shakira dyed her hair! In my opinon, Shakira is better than her!

1-0 out of 5 stars not so into this...
ok i dont mean anything bad about shakira... i mean its just an opinion about her music im not here to criticize her or talk bad about her. but just like some1 before me said, its really true that her music sounds better in spanish... in all kinda ways... im not even into this kinda genre of music, but i just had to put my review here after seeing a video of hers now on tv (poem)... ive heard her album 'laundry service' too, and honestly it wasnt that nice (for me).......

5-0 out of 5 stars Laundry Service
Laundry Service~ Shakira is one hot and sexy singer. She is so amzingly good looking that it is almost criminal. Her vocal skills are very good. Her lyrics are fun and fancy free. She is one of my favorites...

5-0 out of 5 stars The best break-through act ever
This cd is brilliant, Shak knew how to mix all different kind of styles, and she used her voice with everything it has.
In contradicti to other,s i think the lyrics aren't bad becuz of her 'bad english'. Her english is very well, and the lyrics are just different from those simple Britney-lyrics. Shakira uses metaphors, strange rhymes etc. Very original.
Shakira is brilliant in writing music. She knows every instrument, and she is involved to every instrument used. Whenevr wherever has brazilian drums and a panflute. Underneath your clothes, is a quite acoustic song with instruments like horns and trumpets in it, Objection is a pop/rock/tango song, one of the most original songs on the cd. Rules is kinda 'back to the 70s' song, the one is a beautiful rockballad with strings in it (my fav shaki song). Ready for the good times is an '80s disco song, but with cool guitars, Fool is a quite bluesy rockballad and great lyrics! Te dejo Madrid is a cool rock song, with a cool harmonica, and ik makes you wanna sing and dance... and the lyrics are very funny! Poem to a horse is a rock song with trumpets and greta lyrics. Eyes like yours is an english version of Shakira's Ojos asi (1998). and seurte and te aviso te anuncio are spanish versions of Whenever... and Objection.

Ver original, and totally NO latin Britney! ... Read more

3. God's Project
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5-0 out of 5 stars Aventura Never Disappoints...
I was really excited about Aventura's new cd because I had already listened to "La Boda" and "Ciego de Amor" on their website, so I went and bought it the same day it came out. They failed to disappoint their public because this cd is GREAT! Immeadiately I liked "Un Beso" because it's so sweet and romantic. I always like the songs Henry sings and "Voy Malacostumbrado" sounds fantastic, he has a great voice too. My husband's a big reggaeton fan and he said "Ella y Yo" is most definitely a good song. Other songs that are good on this cd is "Angelito", "Our Song", and like I had stated above "La Boda" and "Ciego de Amor". Congratulations Aventura on producing such a successful album and keep it up!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love bachata!!!
Este es un buen cd para bailar y para disfrutar con una mujer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aventura God's Project
Aventura came a long way, only to reach success in their journey.Since their album debut "Generation Next" they struck stardom with hits such as, "Cuando Volveras" and following their international platinum hit reached #1 in charts around the world with "obsesion" along with "Hermanita" They are inspiring, and a great story how inner city kids living in the Bronx, New York reached fame.Now, with "God's Project" they have again, touched sensitive topics. Their new album projects important messages with love, relationships, child abuse, friendship, marriage, among others.Album features, Don Omar, Nina Sky, Tego Calderon, Anthony Santos "El Mayimbe" I say the major hits are going to be "La Boda, Ella y Yo ft. Don Omar, Ciego de Amor ft. "El Mayimbe. "Overall, "God's Project" in my records should hit platinum, and more by the RIAA. I say they will. This Album has amazing stories you must hear...I have followed their careers...I say it's getting the respect it deserves...and there is more of Aventura to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT !
Aventura once again has shown the music industry why they are the top bachata artists. You can never get tired of listenin to their tracks. UN BESO, OUR SONG,LA BODAD, LA NINA etc ALL GREAT!

4-0 out of 5 stars Bringing the flava back...
This is good just like I hoped for... Aventura come correct on their fourth full length album. The lil chicos are all grown up now and have all developed tight skills, even Henry who I thought was the least talented of the bunch, every one has come into the music with all they got. The first improvement is the diversification of styles I didn't think they would branch out like they did on here. "Un Beso" uses flamenco and sounds great and non forced style for Aventura, no more phony ish a serious musical exploration here. A sample of oriental riddims by Adnan Sami tip the hat at the Scott Storch/Indian riddim sampling which is so popular these days. Besides Aventura gettin focused and bringing forth good vibes I'd say this is their best effort so far. Every collabo is brillant as well from Don Omar on "Ella y yo" the reggaeton giant sounds right at home on this cut, in fact, he commands it baby it's DON DON reggaeton done right! The Nina Skye honeys( who I actually think are pretty generic n thru with it at dis point but whateva cute honeys doin hooks get that paper mamas!) do they thing thing on "You Lying" which is actually the albums closer, but you wait a few minutos and the TEgo Calde laced "We Got Da Crown Remix" closes out this banger. El Mayimbe de Bachata Antony Santos graces "Ciego de amor." Aventura pays correct homage to bachata by doing a track with Anthony Santos, as well have developed a unique fusion of bachata, bachata/reggaeton, rock, funk, and even a lil hip hop. This album deserves props no doubt, you can take Aventura off the list of being a Hispanic "boy band." I'm glad they decided to furthur explore their music n roots and not let the image and bullish bring them down. The skits are even better and aren't as corny as past, but I'm no fan of skits be it on Aventura or on hip hop mixtapes they are annoying point blank!! The "audition' skit on here is defintely pokin fun at themselves n the hood but goes on for too damn long. The cover art of Aventura as lil kids is the whole thing...Aventura are grown up and gone are the "Generation Next" days...they ready to merge into the music and take the next step for their music. They put it down for "todo la gente" everywhere I'm feelin "God's Project" but The Don Omar cut is the best reggeaton flavad track yet from Aventura, not that I ever consider dem part of the 'ton genre....but that track is truly BANANAS like Romeo says! Very diverse and from el corazon ya tu sabes check the ever funkier bass of mikey and Lenny goin virtuoso on the guitarra's dope!! ... Read more

4. Gloria Estefan - Greatest Hits
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"The rhythm is gonna get you" is the tag line of one of Gloria Estefan's biggest hits, but it could also serve as the mantra for the Cuban-born singer's road to the top of the charts. Estefan's forte is middle-of-the-road pop, but all of her upbeat hits are fueled by driving Latin percussion, the feature that set Estefan's music apart from the rest of the flyaway pop of the 1980s and early '90s. Greatest Hits intersperses those great dance hits--"Conga," "1,2,3," "Get on Your Feet," and, of course, "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," with sweet ballads such as "Words Get in the Way," "Anything for You," and "Don't Wanna Lose You." This set also includes "Coming Out of the Dark," Estefan's triumphant comeback hit following her 1990 career-threatening tour-bus accident. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Gloria's Greatest Hits Finds Her Slowly "Diva-stated"
Gloria Estefan's "Greatest Hits" charts an unwelcome transformation from energetic lead singer of a clever, sharp pop band to that too common creature, "the pop diva."

Gloria, her husband Emilio, and their band Miami Sound Machine (remember them?) wrote, produced and recorded a string of sharp singles melding salsa and club rhythms with Motown/girl group vocals. The result was ear candy: "Conga," "Rhythm's Gonna Get You," (the omitted) "Bad Boy." Their ballads "Words Get In The Way," and the #1 "Anything For You" were more sensual, less mushy than most. For a time, Gloria Estefan may have been the sexiest pop singer in America.

Break point came with her first solo single, 1989's "Don't Wanna Lose You." It was a good song and charted high, but the die was cast. Melodramatics began: a tragic bus accident and valiant recovery, vanilla ballads dominating the spiky fast songs over the next few years, as would outside collaborators (Diane Warren on the sappy Christmas song, Larry Dermer on the campy, worthless movie song, "Go Away").

Now as Estefan's music weakened - in subsquent years by an oldies set and bombastic Olympics themed-album (and, to be fair, a fine Spanish-sung album)- its presentation became flashier with extravagant costumes and appearances with one-named pop goddesses (Cher, Tina, etc.). Miami Sound Machine, which once described a style as much as a band, now was marquee small print.

Here's hoping the Estefans heeded 1999's remarkable success of Ricky Martin and Carlos Santana. The energy of singles like "Smooth" and "Livin' La Vida Loca" recall how exciting Latin-based music can be, incorporating other styles without losing its identity. Now would be perfect for Miami Sound Machine to remind a new generation where at least some of that R&B/pop/salsa energy stemmed from. "Greatest Hits" is recommended for its first 10 songs; not its last four.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gloria's must-have collection...
This is the Gloria Estefan CD to buy for her mid 80's to early 90's radio mega-hits. Fans of that era in her music will love this CD, because all of the ballads like "Can't Stay Away From You," and "Here We Are" are on this compilation. Plus, all of the ground-breaking dance hits are here like "1-2-3," and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You." This "1-2-3" is completely different from the Let It Loose version, and I think the version on Greatest Hits is the one most often played on the radio. There's also four new songs at the end, well they were "new" at the time. :-) Among them are "I See Your Smile," and "Always Tomorrow," which became very popular, and both are uplifting. That's part of the reason I love Gloria so much. She's fun, has good messages, and a wonderful sense of humor. She's one of the most innovative performers of this time. Oh yeah, and her music is awesome too! I would recommend this for anyone who's a true pop music fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good collection of hits from her most successful period
Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine enjoyed their commercial peak in the late 1980s/early 1990s with a string of hit albums and singles, beginning with "Conga" in late 1985. Estefan and crew proved themselves equally adept at Latin-inflected dance tunes such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Get On Your Feet," and "1-2-3" and the ballads that helped them gain a strong foothold at AC radio, like "Words Get In The Way," "Can't Stay Away From You" and the #1 hit "Anything For You." (In fact, it's interesting to note that all of Estefan's three #1 hits were ballads, the other two being "Don't Wanna Lose You" and the inspirational "Coming Out Of The Dark.") Actually, the band's history goes all the way back to the 1970s, although they recorded only in Spanish for several years. This is a nice collection of Ms. Estefan's English-language output from her most successful period commercially, spanning 1985's PRIMITIVE LOVE through 1991's INTO THE LIGHT and including four new cuts. What is here is first-rate, of course, and even all the new cuts are keepers: the inspirational "Always Tomorrow" was a minor hit and came out around the time that Hurricane Andrew devastated Gloria's home base of south Florida, leading many to adopt it and the earlier "Coming Out Of The Dark" as anthems. "I See Your Smile" is a classic Gloria ballad that easily ranks with her earlier hits, although it didn't quite make the top 40. "Christmas Through Your Eyes" has become a holiday-season standard and is a moving song about wanting to go back to experiencing the joy of Christmas through the mindset of a child. And "Go Away" is a fun dance tune the likes of which only Gloria can do - a bit nonsensical, but still lots of fun. It was a hit in the U.K., and although it wasn't a single in the U.S. (I don't think), it still got some top 40 airplay in the Detroit area.
Not all of the hits are here. One top 10 charter ("Bad Boy") is missing, and "Live For Loving You" also should have been included here, given that it still gets a lot of radio play these days. There was also a "Miami Hit Mix" issued on the U.K. single to "Christmas Through Your Eyes," which should have been included on the U.S. release, as a bonus cut if nothing else. I personally also would have liked to see "Cuts Both Ways" and "Can't Forget You" included, as I consider those two of her best ballads, even though they both came up a few notches short of the top 40. "Can't Forget You" in particular is an underrated gem, and to this day the only place to find it is on the INTO THE LIGHT album. But if you're a Gloria fan, you should have no qualms about the quality of what is included here. Kudos to Gloria for opening up the American pop mainstream to Latino influences and for creating some of the catchiest, most fun pop music ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits (1992)
Back in the early 80s, Gloria Estefan was known as the lead of the band Miami Sound Machine. Gloria joined the band in 1978, after she tied the knot with bandmate, Emilio Estefan. Nothing happened until 1984 when Miami Sound Machine released Eyes Of Innocence. The only hit from that album was Dr. Beat, which wasn't even a major hit, for they didn't get any recognition.

In 1985, Miami Sound Machine released Primitive Love, their second album, the album that got them their recognition. Then, in 1986, they changed the name to Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine because Gloria was the main focus. In 1987, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine released their third album Let It Loose. In 1989, they released Cuts Both Ways. This was their last album together as a band. In 1990, Gloria was in a fatal bus accident, which could have left her paralyzed for life, but luckily, the doctors took care of that, for she has two metal rods in her back, preventing her from being paralyzed. In 1991, Miami Sound Machine became Gloria's back up band, while she became a solo act. In 1991, she released Into The Light, which reflected on her accident.

In 1992, she released her first greatest hits album. I know what you are all thinking, "How can she release a greatest hits album where she only released her first solo album the year before?" Well, she was basically Miami Sound Machine, the fans only focused on her. So the hits on this album are the Miami Sound Machine hits, being that she was the focus of the band. This is an amazing greatest hits. I should know because I grew up with Gloria when my mother was a huge fan of hers.

From Miami Sound Machine's album Primitive Love (1985). One of the best songs ever. This song was played in a lot of movies. I can only name one movie where this song was played and that movie is the hit comedy, The Birdcage, which starred Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Christine Baranskie, Dan Futterman, Hank Azaria, and Ally McBeal's Collista Flockhart.

From Miami Sound Machine's album Primitive Love (1985). This was the song that made Gloria famous. It is one of the best romantic break-up songs ever and is a favorite of my mother's and mine.

From Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine's album Let It Loose (1987). Another amazing song. She talks about how they've broken up and it's bad for her to stay with her ex, but she loves him so much that she simply just 'Can't stay away from him'.

1-2-3 (Remix)
Original version from Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine's album Let It Loose (1987). The album version is much better than this.

From Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine's album Let It Loose (1987). This is a great song, with a great beat.

From Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine's album Let It Loose (1987). Not a favorite of mine.

From Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine's album Cuts Both Ways (1989). When I first heard this song, which was back in 1989 when I was at the age of four, I loved this song. I used have my mother play it at least five or six times a day just to keep me happy. During the years when my family and I would drive down to Florida, we would play a lot of Gloria's music. When my father wanted to take a break from driving, he would climb in the back and have a nap, while my mother took over the driving with me in the passenger seat. She would play the Cuts Both Ways album and when this song came on, I would sing the whole thing without a problem. I have a lot of great memories of this song.

From Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine's album Cuts Both Ways (1989). Another great song.

From Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine's album Cuts Both Ways (1989). Not a favorite of mine.

From the album Into The Light (1991). This was the only hit from the Into The Light (1991) album. This was the song that reflected the most on her bus accident. I wish she would have included Live For Loving You, which is also from the Into The Light (1991) album. My mother and I used to sing that one as well.

Previously unreleased. This was Gloria's first Christmas song and she had written it for her son, Nayib. In fact, this is the second song she recorded for her son, the first song is called, Nayib's Song (I Am Here For You), and it can be found on the Into The Light (1991) album. In 1993, a year after this album, Gloria recorded a Christmas album entitled, Christmas Through Your Eyes, where she added this song to it.

Previously unreleased. This is a beautiful song. I recommend that everyone listen to this song.

Previously unreleased. Okay.

Previously unreleased. Okay.

I've been a fan of Gloria's for years and she will always remain as one of the best female performers of the world today.

4-0 out of 5 stars The title says it all!
This collection features songs from PRIMITIVE LOVE,LET IT LOOSE,CUTS BOTH WAYS and INTO THE LIGHT. Gloria Estefan had other hits that do not appear on this collection. They are BAD BOY from PRIMITIVE LOVE and heard in the movie "Three Men And A Baby",the title track from CUTS BOTH WAYS,SEAL OUR FATE and some other from INTO THE LIGHT. New tracks are CHRISTMAS THROUGH YOUR EYES,heard every Christmas season since 1992 when this album was released,I SEE YOUR SMILE,which was another hit,another hit,ALWAYS TOMORROW,and GO AWAY heard during the opening credits of the Warner Bros. film,"Made In America". ... Read more

5. Fijate Bien
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Just try and classify the eclectic, often-electric sound of FijateBien, the debut solo album from Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes (formerlyof the rock groupEkhymosis). Every trackmixes and matches genres, careening between--among other things--rock, salsa,and vallenato (traditional Colombian folk music). It's not surprising, giventhat Latin Grammy nominee Juanes listsMetallica, Jimi Hendrix,Eminem, VicenteFernández, and Soda Stereo as musical influences. Songs such as "Ahile Va" and "Nada" ride straightforward rhythms, while "Podemos Hacernos Dano"and "Ficcion" frolic amid the sounds of past and present. There's a lot going onhere, both musically and lyrically. Producer Gustavo Santaolalla, who helmed theeven more diverseAmores Perros soundtrack,keeps Juanes's exceptional work tight and focused, resulting in one of theyear's most refreshing examples of a real Latin explosion. --Joey Guerra ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Vamos Colombia!
A pesar de que los medios nos inundan con malas noticias de ese hermano pais. Poco nos hablan de su gente y sus luchas cotidianas en contra de la adversidad. Y en especial de los esfuerzos de hacer poesia. Juan Esteban Aristizabal se perfila como una figura llena de talento y pasion por su pais y el destino de los suyos. La musica de los Juanes no se compromete y viene con una honestidad pocas veces observable en el llamado fenomeno latino de la musica popular. Los temas de este disco energizan, llenan de fuerzas y te traen el sabor de la tierra buyente y llena de esperanza. Observen a este joven canta-autor pues tiene un gran futuro.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Colombian superstar!
What's is up with Colombian singers these days? They are producing the BEST Spanish language rock/pop music in the last few years! Just take a look at Los Aterciopelados, Shakira, and Soraya, to name a few. And each has his/her own distinct style, there is no 'Colombian' sounds.

Anyway, Juanes has produced an outstanding album, with great music and intellectual lyrics. Not bad for a first album. I love the song 'Para Ser Eterno', but my favorite by far is 'Fijate Bien'; the rest are just as good, but those two are playing over and over in my CD player. Those three Grammy awards were well deserved.

If anyone wants to venture into Latin pop-rock, this is a good place to start.

4-0 out of 5 stars Juanes is the bomb
Juanes sings bea-u-ti-ful!!!!!!! This cd and his other cd "Un Dia Normal" are both very good! He is very talented!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Here is what I have to say about "Fijate Bien", I love it to death. Seriously, it is one of best CD's I own, without the exception of Shakira, and Mana CDs. I don't know about you, but my fave song is "Fijate Bien". I went through a lot of mess-ups to get this CD and now I know it was completely worth it.
Viva Juanes!

5-0 out of 5 stars I can't decide which is my favorite
Let me start by saying that I have both albums and I have a hard time deciding which is my favorite. I love them both I love the folklore of the music and the truth but sad reality of which some songs speak of. I am amazed by the honesty and spirituality and maturity about life that Juanes transmits in his songs. Some speak of love others of the crude reality of the world that we live in but it offers hope as well. It does not matter if you are Colombian or not anybody can indentify whith what the songs are relating to the listener. I hope that God blesses Juanes with more songs so we can enjoy them. ... Read more

6. Desde Siempre
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Love, in all its swoon-inducing shapes and sizes, anchors Desde Siempre, an affecting collection of ballads from Puerto Rican heartthrob Chayanne. The material here dates all the way back to 1988, but it's not a best-of collection, per se. Indeed, Desde Siempre is more a sweet love letter to fans. Lilting gems "Un Siglo Sin Ti," "Atado a Tu Amor" and the glittering "El Centro de Mi Corazon" were definite hits, but this savvy assemblage gives an added sense of heft to Chayanne's seemingly lightweight repertoire. He has a knack for selecting great pop songs written by first-rate composers, most notably Franco de Vita and Estefano. Chayanne is hardly a vocal powerhouse, but his phrasing benefits from the subtle shading and nuances he uses to make up for his limitations. New track "Contra Vientos y Mareas" fits in snugly with the established hits and is likely to become another of the album’s many chart-toppers. --Joey Guerra ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Oldies but Goodies!!!!!!!!!
Simplemente the best, he's unique in his own way...Ilove the new song and the pictures are amazing...I totally recommended this charming CD if you are planning to Dooo something with that someone special!!!!! ... Read more

7. Desperado: The Soundtrack
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5-0 out of 5 stars Utterly cool
This is one awesome soundtrack with all the cool songs from the movie. Unlike many other soundtracks this is one that you will play over and over again. All the songs on this CD are great and if you don't agree I guess you are one of those poor unfortunate people who just can't appreciate good music when you hear it. If you however did like this CD and want more I would recommend everything by Dire Straits. No matter which of their albums you choose you know you're in for top quality music. Comments? Mail me at


4-0 out of 5 stars great songs
one of the best soundtracks i own.most of the songs here are from los lobos,and on one song even antonio banderas sings.the other songs are "six blade knife" by dire straits,"jack the ripper" by link wray and his men. two of the best songs in any music category.most of the songs jamming and the rest are worth listening also get dialogue from the movie from banderas,cheech marin,quentin tarantino,and steve buscemi.great soundtrack.

4-0 out of 5 stars Stood the Test of Time and a Great Intro to Los Lobos
I've had this album for years and it has survived several cleaning sweeps through my CD collection. It has stood the test of time by having a coherence and energy that many soundtracks do not have. The songs are quite a melange with Link Wray, Dire Straits and then Los Lobos and their incarnation, the Latin Playboys in addition to Tito and Tarantula (come one, how can you say no to an album with Tito and Tarantula?)

There are movie dialogue snippets that maybe annoying for some but do add an additional layer for those who are fans of the film Desperado (so many explosions, salma hayek naked.) If the dialogue drives you that crazy you can always modify it with software since the dialogue does not overlap into the music itself.

To get a good introduction to Los Lobos this is a great energetic album and for the Los Lobos fan you have to get this album in conjunction with their multi-disc sets.

Higly recommended and years of enjoyment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very cool
This is a very cool, eclectic disc. Standing on its own even without the movie, the tracks (by everyone from Dire Straits to Los Lobos) have a nice flow to them that well represent the northern Mexico / West Coast sound they're striving for. When I first bought it years ago, it was just another disc, but the more I listen to it, the more I enjoy it. The audio clips from the movie may be a bit distracting to those who haven't seen the film, but they're not particularly long.

4-0 out of 5 stars THIS SOUNDTRACK ROCKS
A fitting companion to a great action film - the highlight of the CD is undoubtedly Tito and Tarantula's "Strange Face of Love" - whoever picked the tracks and produced this album (Rodriguez?) did an excellent job. Too many soundtrack albums sound like random selections of songs. This one feels like a great experience from start to end. ... Read more

8. Feast of Wire
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Unlike the ever-experimenting Lambchop, to whom they are often compared, Calexico stick to their niche. Since Calexico don't spring as many stylistic surprises on us as the sprawling Nashville ensemble, their track record is also less erratic. While Feast of Wireis a bit quieter than its three full-length predecessors, it also fits neatly into an ever-impressive body of work. John Convertino and Joey Burns--the Tucson band's core--only confirm their status as folk storytellers, their songs as irreducibly American as Cormac McCarthy novels, and their trademark Southwestern, sun-baked Ennio Morricone sound continues to be ambitiously timeless. "Black Heart," for instance, begins like a Portishead outtake before swelling majestically. Even when they shuffle styles ("Close Behind" marries '60s western grace with assured melodic chops, and "Attack El Robot! Attack!" goes off in an almost Devo-like direction before smoothly segueing into the full-on mariachi extravaganza of "Across the Wire"), they retain an immediately identifiable personality. Calexico may not make headlines, but this album solidifies their standing as one of the most endearingly idiosyncratic bands on the American scene. --Elisabeth Vincentelli ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Junkmedia ... Magazine Review
Joey Burns and John Covertino's Calexico was pretty much written off as a sun-baked side project until their sophomore release, The Black Light, appeared on the scene. Taking its cue from Cormac McCarthy's heat-warped perspectives of the American Southwest, the record was neon tumbleweed tequila music that floated above an undercurrent of violence with cinematic grace. It was a major step forward in defining the band's sound and served notice that they would not be following the spaghetti-western chuck wagon. Instead, the album celebrated the magically real convergence of culture that occurs in the borderlands, explicitly linking their name and physical geography to a musical one.

Calexico's third release, The Hot Rail, continued to expand on this formula. It was an album that unfolded with a filmic fluidity to reveal desert noir folk singers and Technicolor mariachi bands playing for pretty girls throwing flowers and men sharpening knives. Not surprisingly, it was their most successful record to date.

Feast of Wire may soon change that, as the band once again ups the ante by widening their scope of sound. Cool West Coast jazz, eerie string sections, and dub are added to the storytelling folk, mariachi horns, kitschy border ballads, and sun-cracked soundscapes that rounded out previous efforts. If that sounds like a handful, it's because it is. Lesser talents wouldn't be able to hold it all together, but Calexico seamlessly blends these disparate parts into one of their most satisfying listens yet.

Sure, with so much to hear and such a range of styles, the album can take a couple of listens before it starts to bloom. That said, after these requisite spins, one can't help but admire how smoothly Feast of Wire glides from track to track, style to style. As on past albums, the band does an excellent job sequencing the record by situating slower instrumental passages between the more traditional songs. These musical bridges help bind the album together and create a total listening experience that is becoming increasingly rare today. For example, after the Marty Robbins-influenced border ballad "Across the Wire," the band segues into "Dub Latina," a trippy, melodica laced instrumental which in turn flows into the rousing "Guero Canelo" with its speak and spell rapping and ebullient background singers. It's a heady mix, and though the three songs couldn't be more different, they end up making a wonderful suite within the record.

Likewise, the gothic, string-laden "Black Heart," which is unlike anything the band has done before, dissolves into pulsing synths at the beginning of "Pepita" before ushering in a multitude of beautifully picked acoustic guitars and a forlorn-sounding pedal steel. The disturbingly pretty pop song "Not Even Stevie Nicks ..." immediately follows, telling the tale of a man driving his car off a cliff and being found later, "in the motor." I guess if the Gold Dust Woman can't help, there's no point in thinking about tomorrow.

And while Feast of Wire continues to reveal new sounds at every turn, the most surprising track on the album comes near the end when the band falls into the cool jazz of "Crumble." It's wholly unexpected, approximating the sound of what Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain would have been like were it a collaboration with Charles Mingus. It's perfectly placed to knock out any last vestiges of resistance, leaving even the most hardened listener to break into a smile.

As the final track, "No Doze," slowly recedes with a moaning cello and static, it becomes crystal clear that Burns and Covertino threw the maps out the window long ago and are blazing their own trail through the musical desert. How could you not want to follow along behind?

-- Barin McGrath

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally finding their feet....
While some of the previous reviews gush with overwhelming awe, others fault Burns and Convertino for over-emphasizing the mariachi influences and chicano-inspired cover-art. What I like about this album is that Calexico has taken those border influences and integrated them more fully adding hints and flavorings but never letting it overpower. I wouldn't take the disguntled AZ fan's quip so serious about using a mariachi band for back up as offensive except that it shows a niavete on the reviewer's part. If street-cred was so important the Rolling Stones, Los Lobos, Wilco, etc. would not have been allowed to do anything. Ever listened to Exile on Main St? Its a heavily influenced blues album but being honkies Mick and Keith should have hung it up then lest they get other ideas. Los Lobos is as divergent as any band but does being latino preclude them from playing rock and experimenting with their sound or should they have marginalized themselves to playing mariachi and ranchera music?

Feast of Wire shows Calexico growing sonically and finding their own musical voice without relying on their influences and musical tastes as heavily as before. The sign of a good band is one that continues to explore its roots and yet create its own sound from that history. Calexico is moving in that direction. This album is a marker for the next phase of Calexico. Fans of music and the band should take heart that Burns and Convertino are growing and showing greater musical depth with each release leaving us with hopes for future jems likes this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Calexico became a prsonal theme
This album is so different and so diverse it will be like nothing you have ever heard before. Just when one track mellows you out the next track will take your breath away. This album should be illegal because it is so addicting. Calexico is the most innovative band I have heard in a long time. I turn everyone on to it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Sweeping Southwestern Soundscape
My first taste of Calexico was a song they did on a Lee Hazlewood tribute album. I was intrigued by their sound and decided to get one of their CDs to broaden my overview. For no particular reason, I settled on Feast of Wire.
There is a lot to like here, with a multitude of musical influences evident. Listening through, I swear at times I'm hearing Neil Young or Ennio Morricone. At other times, I hear the sounds of funk-soaked jazz soundtrack music a la Barry Adamson. And always around the corner one hears strains of the borderlands sounds that have come to be known as desert rock. Even the cover art is evocative of the southwestern frontier.
My favorite songs here are Sunken Waltz, Quattro, the Morricone-infused Close Behind, Dub Latina, Guero Canelo, and the Adamsonian soundtrack jazz of Crumble.
With Feast of Wire, Calexico offers a sweeping southwestern soundscape that will carry you far away from the cares of the day. I recommend this to anyone who is musically adventurous and has a taste for the borderlands in their blood.

3-0 out of 5 stars For best results, see live
My first introduction to Calexico was seeing them playing live at Somerset House in London in the summer of 2003, and they were absolutely breathtaking. As with all live bands, the studio album is always something of a anticlimax, as it's almost impossible to recreate the atmosphere and rush of seeing them live. Still, it's a grower of an album and is a must for any respectable record collection. ... Read more

9. Across 110th Street
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3-0 out of 5 stars Ruben - please bring out another salsa album!
Spanish Harlem Orchestra are really hitting hard with this album. I really enjoyed it. For a 2004 salsa album it is sensational. Compared to the mediocre, formulaic, repetative pap (I mean timba, salsa moderna, salsa romantica, etc) that is coming out nowadays it is brilliant.

But how good is it really? Let's be clear, if you know your salsa and loved the salsa dura coming out of NY from the 70's then you'll like this album (maybe even alot) but you won't love it (BTW, I'm only 27 and was born in Sydney). It is a different sound SHO are trying to create. But here's where you will relate to it... the album swings! It swings from the beginning to the end. It gets credit just for that.

The band is tight, i'll give them that. This is a fully professional band and they play like one. They are qualified and get much love.

Lyrically, it's a little bland for my liking. Mainly songs about partying and dancing... like I said, if you are a fan of salsa dura with it's hard lyrics and it's depictions of street life, political struggles, and relationships then you may find the lyrical content a bit one sided and dull.

I'm not sure that the fact many songs are remade is something bad. At the end of the day most people will not recognise these songs... but further if they do write their own songs and they are not good enough it doesn't make much sense to release sub-standard material. On the flip side, some songs shouldn't be touched - Tito Puente's original "Cuando Te Vea" from Dancemania was better. The fact is no band or singer could have done justice to what Puente and Santos Colon did with this song back in '58 (and i'm not even a big Puente fan).

If you know nothing about salsa (except maybe Marc Anthony or DLG) then this album gets a huge recommendation. BUY IT!!! I think it's a great entry point to salsa that swings - salsa con clave. You will enjoy it.

Album highlights - One name...Ruben Blades. Here is where this album shines. Ruben is at his sonero best in this album. He does 4 tracks and nails every one of them. I have never heard Ruben phrase as well as he does in this one. You can really tell he has missed singing salsa and you must suspect that if there was money to be made in salsa he would go back to it. He is just spectacular in every song. (...).

Ruben even wrote the bonus track (which is a new composition) "tu te lo pierdes". IT IS THE BEST TRACK. A new Ruben Blades written and sung song being the best track should not surprise anyone. Apparently it was written before the SHO project came up and a demo version by Ruben was played on a Puerto Rican radio station a while back and it has been bootlegged (Read the article on this SHO album). The track is about a guy who goes to a street full of call girls and asks for a freebie... it is champagne comedy and vintage blades. You even hear Ruben with his impersonations of the drunk man. Oh man!

It's interesting... you'd think I had forgotten it was a SHO release. But the fact is Ruben's new song and his 4 tracks as sonero really do stand apart. Ruben takes over and makes his mark. He is a legend at the top of his game on this one.


For salsa dura lovers, buy this just for Ruben. For newbies, buy it because it swings!!!

OTHER RECOMMENDATION: I'd recommend the new Sonora Poncena album Back To The Road (I think it's an independent release so may be hard to get). The legends from Puerto Rico are back. The best salsa album i've heard in years.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
I never really listened to much salsa before this album. none of it really every piqued my curiosity. A friend of mine, however, forced me to check out this record and damn am I impressed. Everything about this album screams DAAAAAAAAAANCE!!!!! From the tight, grooving percussion to the wailing brass instruments, this disc will make any music lover shake their asses. And as to the comment above about no orginiality? thats BS my friends. I did a lil research and it turns out that 5 of the tracks ARE original, with one of them being written by Ruben Blades himself. OH YEAH!!! check this one out, it's worth your time.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good band, a shame they can't play original pieces.
If you are tired of listening to the same soft salsa that is out there, then this is for you.
If you are looking for originality, then don't bother.
The musicians put together in this album are the top in their genre. Too bad that there is no creative mind to exploit this power with original cuts. All songs are covers.
The album only adds the same ole stuff many groups out there have done lacking the creative mind and is just another dull salsa recording.

It is a 5 for the straight salsa sound, a -3 for originality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Salsa Gold...I nominate it for Best Salsa CD of 2004!
The title of my review says it all. I checked this CD out after the salsa aficionado website ( gave it high-praise. I agree with their assessment....this CD can be easily nominated to be among the top 5 salsa CDs of 2004, (and I'd make it THE CD, if I was deciding).

Where does it fit in the large Salsa panorama? This is New York, Jimmy Bosch's band meets Eddie Palmieri/Tito Puente's large salsa ensembles. In fact, Jimmy Bosch, Ruben Rodriguez, and other New York "first call" Salsa musicians make part of this All-Stars crew. The arrangers for the CD include such recognized masters as Marty Sheller, and others.

One other thing...this CD isn't for softie, "erotic salsa" lovers. One thing that I came to appreciate from it is that it is PURE ENERGY, from the first track to the last one. Mostly straight-ahead salsa (with the occasional son-montuno, bolero, and rumba rhythms sprinked on it). The band is loud, creative, and tight. You will snap your fingers to it....guaranteed.

And, I haven't even reached the biggie....the CD features the participation of Salsa Legend, "The Poet of Salsa", Ruben Blades on several tracks, marking his return to "street salsa", after Ruben's long experimentation with political Salsa and his creative immersion into World music styles.

What else do I have to say? You've got Ruben Blades, an All-Stars New York Crew, top Salsa arrangers, and a commitment to hit you, the listener, with pure, unadulterated, HARD Salsa.

You ready to dance? Buy this one! ... Read more

10. Escape
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If Ricky Martin is the party boy of Latin crossover pop, Enrique Iglesias is more a romantic traditionalist in the mold of dad Julio. Even his uptempo, lust-driven tunes, like this album's "Love 4 Fun" and "One Night Stand," are hardly the frantic sweatfests Martin provides. Escape, Iglesias's first disc since his 1999 Top 40 breakthrough, is already a guaranteed success thanks to its first single, "Hero," which gained attention when he performed it on the September 2001 Tribute to Heroes. Title aside, this gooey love song isn't really fitting for its adopted purpose as a post-terror anthem ("You can take my breath away"?), but one imagines that won't make much difference. Iglesias is at his best when playing a little sly, like when he appropriates Nelly's "E.I." chant on "Don't Turn Off the Lights" or makes a barely veiled suggestion of what he really likes about you in the opening lines of "She Be the One." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
While some national magazines have lobbed pretty harsh criticism at this CD, it's not as bad as those publications would have you think. Though it's not a major musical milestone, I don't really think Enrique Iglesias was shooting for an album that would change people's lives. What he does deliver, though, is a nice collection of uptempo songs with an occassional ballad thrown in for good measure. The CD kicks off with three very enjoyable tracks. "Escape," "Don't Turn Off The Lights," and "Love To See You Cry" are almost club-ready tracks, just a remix away from packing dancefloors. True, much of it is derivative, but at least he's drawing from quality stuff--"Love To See You Cry" sounds very close to Modjo's "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)." From the opening trio of tracks, the album shifts gears for the current radio staple, "Hero." Enrique Iglesias is not the greatest of ballad singers, but his delivery here is solid, and he does have a fairly strong voice to work with anyway. He often seems to substitute breathy vocals for soul, but with something as confectioner-sweet as this, it's excusable. The only other track that slows down is "Maybe," is midtempo track that kind of blends into the rest of the album. If there's one thing this CD is guilty of, it's of trying to put its arms around too many different uptempo sounds. "I Will Survive" does borrow somewhat from the Gloria Gaynor disco classic, but it also seems to be lyrically paced in a manner close to Paula Abdul's "Straight Up." "Love 4 Fun" sounds like an updated Ace of Base track. And "She Be The One" is a pretty weak lyrical stab at being hip (nice beat, though). The other two tracks, "One Night Stand" and "If The World Crashes Down" would fit perfectly on Cher's "Believe" album. The final three songs are Spanish-language versions of three of the tracks on the album. Is this album perfect? No, not at all (the Mariah Carey-esque shreiking at the end of "Don't Turn Off The Lights" is pretty startling and doesn't really help the song out). But the production is pretty good (Iglesias co-produced a lot of it, as well as co-writing all of the songs), and even if it does draw from some less-than-stellar talents, he has been able to craft songs that are pleasing to hear, if not life-altering. It's also interesting to note that he seems to rely less on the Latin rhythms that punctuated his last English-language album, and that serves him fairly well. This time next year, you probably won't be listening to this one incessantly, but then again, CDs that spin in your CD player for more than twelve months are fairly few and far between. If you're a fan of breezy pop songs, then this one's for you. Chances are you'll be hearing a lot of these songs on the radio over the next few months anyway, so consider this a sneak peek into what 2002 holds for us.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the ONE!
If you are looking for music to make you want to dance and move your hips the Latin way... This is the ONE! YOU have no time to loose because everyone is singing to the Enrique #1 video.. Escape! Everyone knows the lyrics and of coarse you don't want to be left out.
I love all the songs because they all have an intimate touch to them. They are entertaining and they have such a unique wonderful message.
What can I say? I've been his #1 fan since I was 10yrs. old. It has been eight years since I fell in love with Enrique's voice! He is my HERO! I can wake up listening to this CD anyday! Even my mother liked the music and she's not an Enrique Iglesias fan what-so-ever.
This album really resembles the kind of effort that a young talented man can be capable of accomplishing. I really admire this kind of work from him. I have always known his talent that is why his popularity with this album does not surprise me.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Don't Know Why Why... But I Love To See You Cry...
Gosh! I love this album! The BEST CD I have ever listen to. Very good music. If you ask what's my favorite song would be and I would pick "Love To See You Cry" because it is very touchful feeling and very beautiful background of music and good beats and very heavy bass. Perfect words in it. Your the BEST Enrique. I vote you a 5 stars! - Tyson Love from Robesonia, PA USA

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums
When this albu came out, I was a little skeptical that he would be good. But I bought it anyway. Enrique is one of the most talented performers to come out of the last decade. The lyrics are charming like You can run/You can hide/But you can't escape my love/. His old man, Julio, is not nearly as talented as his son. This is a must-have for fans of latin pop or just pop.

4-0 out of 5 stars Different from his usual style
This is a very good album as most of Enrique's albums have been (with the notable exception of "Cosas del Amor") however, there is a much different sound and feel to this album. A number of the songs have a disco and/or R&B rhytym to them. Generally I'm not a fan of disco, 70's sounding music or R&B for that matter, but the blend along with some Latin rhythms and Enrique's talented singing work well on this collection.

I find "Hero" both in English & Spanish to be particularly annoying (and dripping with sap) but then I suspect that this song isn't supposed to appeal to men anyway! However, all the other tracks are at least good and some quite good. The title track, "Escape", has been a radio hit and is probably the best song on the CD, but "Don't Turn off the Lights" is also very good - sounds good in Spanish as well! "I Will Survive" has that 70's disco sound reminiscent of the original track from the 70's by the same title - makes sense! "She Be the One" has a definite R&B almost Hip-Hop style to it - amazing how this guy can sing in different styles and make the songs work!

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11. Los Super Seven
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This southwestern super session brings together Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Chicano country stars Freddy Fender and Rick Treviño, Texas rocker Joe Ely, norteño accordion wizard Flaco Jimenez, and Tejano bandleader Ruben Ramos to pay homage to the Texan-Mexican tradition. The music is acoustic and generally string-driven, with guitars and violins recalling early mariachi and dancing accordion lines. There are some great party tunes, but ballads are the rule, and Treviño and Fender both show superb grace in their vocals. Ely turns in a heartfelt version of Woody Guthrie's "Deportee," but almost all the songs are in Spanish (with translations in the booklet). Each features only one or two of the headlining singers and there is none of the crowded feel of some all-star efforts, just a relaxed and swinging exploration of the classic Tejano sound. --Elijah Wald ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An instant classic, quite simply the best in Mexican music.
A rare collaboration featuring David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Joe Ely, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Ruben Ramos and country star Rick Trevino, each artist contributes their unique vision to create this Mexican masterpiece. The acoustic instruments and enchanting voices take the listener back to the days when music was pure and powerful. Joe Ely's rendition of Woody Guthrie's "Deportees" reminds us of the struggles of migrant workers that we still see decades after this song was written. Hidalgo's "La Sirena" can only be described as pure magic. When combined with the talent of younger artists, Freddy Fender, Ruben Ramos, and Flaco Jimenez truely show us that this musical heritage will continue. After seeing one of two rare club appearances and a late-night television performance I feel very privileged to have experienced such an uncommon event. A portion of the proceeds from this album will go to support the National Council of La Raza.

5-0 out of 5 stars A sweet remembrance
This is the music of my childhood listening to my grandfather and his friends on warm summer evenings play on battered instruments, some as old as they, the music of their youth; cigarette smoke hanging still over the group, a bottle of tequila passing from lip to lip.

Then, in my teenage know-it-all, I sometimes cringed and whinced at the aged men playing "that Mexican Revolution stuff," now I weep at the lost time, hoping to hear, to FEEL that music again. And here it is.

Freddie Fender has never sounded better (I swear I hear my grandfather in his voice), Flaco Jimenez has never played sweeter, Joe Ely never sounded as soulful. The same holds true for Ruben Ramos and Rick Trevino. The men from Los Lobos, David Hidalgo and Cesar Ramos never more beautiful and passionate.

This collection of traditional pieces from South of the border, coupled with original songs from the various Super Seven, will have you tapping your feet, smiling, wondering where you heard that one before and yes, crying.

This collection would make my beloved ancestors holler and sing, and play till the morning comes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Total Enjoyment
Wanting some Fiesta CD's, this will be selected. It is great music, and example of the power of music to soothe and bind people together in trying situations.

I love this music, and will play it often.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!!
I came upon this work late and I regret that, being a long time fan of Los Lobos. I can't begin to say how wonderful this music is. It covers alot of ground and it is all done so well. If you love Latino music you'll love this. It has made me thirsty for more. I have both LS7 CD's and I suppose I like this one a little more but what I've done is burn a compilation of my favorite songs from both and I play it all the time. Buy this music!!

5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
I got this on the basis of the reviewers and I gotta say, this is a wonderful addition to my collection. I just want to get off my..;) and dance! I feel my Mexicana sangre just boiling and usually do end up shaking it! ... Read more

12. Border (La Linea)
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Singer-songwriter Lila Downs usesthese 15 compositions (both originals and covers) to explore the joysand sorrows experienced by Mexican immigrants who cross the border fora better life only to experience exploitation and racism in thiscountry. A child of a Mixtec Indian mother and Anglo-American father,the talented Downs brings in a fresh perspective from two culturalworlds. She imbues the Mexican cumbia style--which is itself avariation on a Colombian form of dance music integrating Latin, NativeAmerican, and African styles--with blues, jazz, and even a littlehip-hop as pre-Colombian and Mexican percussion nestles comfortably withstrings and electric guitar, piano, and bass. Lila Downs is awide-ranging singer who passionately expresses her melancholic subjectmatter without lapsing into melodrama, and with this album she crossesmusical borders of her own. --Bryan Reesman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lila does it again!
I must admit that this CD was a pleasant surprise, since Lila's Arbol de la Vida dealt with the Native-Mexican theme exclusively. La Linea is fresh, sweet, and fun. The musical arrangements are superb. Her voice is raw, yet powerful. I especially love the bonus track, "Quizas, quizas, quizas", since it is an old song my mother used to sing, but Lila gives it a new twist. I highly recommend this CD. Listen to it more than once and you'll see how each song grows on you.

5-0 out of 5 stars WoW !
I got a hold of a pre-release copy of Lila Downs new CD " Borders" and WoW! It has fifteen tracks that takes the listen on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The music is intense; her voice catapults the listen back to an other times, an other place , an other person they may have been. This CD will enhance your writing( the way she coin her words) and enable you to get into different moods: depending on the track you listen to. I am going to buy two more CDs and send it to my relatives tomorrow!

5-0 out of 5 stars To begin is to end to end is to begin...
My friend Maude from DC turned me onto this disc a couple of weeks ago during a brief visit and I was captivated after the first ten bars. Her recommendation is that the cd doesn't do Lila's voice justice after seeing her live. Until I have that experience I won't challenge the point. All I have have is this recorded representation by which to judge. Ms Downs uses her remarkable voice to deliver the most heartfelt and moving performance top to bottom to have graced my ears in quite a while. She covers a variety of topics and genres with originality and power making me mindful of any number of wonderful chanteuses. I will definitely be out in search of more titles (explains why I am here now). I've read people referring to Lila as the modern day incarnation of Frida Kalo(I'm certainly not here to refute that) but within a musical context she may be this age's Joan Baez. Thanks for the tip Maude. Most of all, thank you Lila...

5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful singer and a great band
"Mi Corazón Me Recuerda" is one of my all-time favorite recordings. Haunting lyrics, great arrangement, a commanding vocal performance. My recommendation is that you see Lila Downs in concert, that's what got me to buy her CDs. She has a huge stage presence; her audience loves her. The band is really more of a jazz combo always ready to break out into solos. I love bands that are unique so they are hard to categorize. This band fits squarely in that non-category.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exotic Mexican and indigenous sounds from Lila Downs
OK, folks, listen up! It's been a few hours since I went to see Lila (pron. Lee-la) Downs in concert at San Juan College. Yes, in Farmington, NM(!), and the two months I've waited since I bought the ticket was worth it! Most of the songs was taken from La Linea (The Border), which thematically describes the immigrant experience of Mexicans into the US, and is dedicated to those who were killed trying to enter. I will admit, with the audio footage during the performance of migrant workers and women enslaved in the maquiladoras, I felt my leftist stirrings bubbling. She clearly came with an agenda, but using the language of music to entertain but also educate, standing on a stage and not wagging her finger on a soapbox. Here are the highlights.

"Sale Sobrando" (Good For Nothing) is a song about the indigenous experience, from the time of Cortes to the massacre in Chiapas, and the racism encountered: "your face is dark but you want to be white/but you really like your taco and tortillas." The title is explained in the last three lines: "Tourists and foreigners come here in vain/what do they worry for-human rights?/if justice here is good for nothing?"

She puts in her husky Billie Holliday-like emotion in Cuco Sanchez's "Corazoncito Tirano" (Little Tyrant Heart), whose instrumentation veers towards country. She asks, "whose mouth is erasing/the kisses I gave you, little tyrant heart?"

The mid-paced ballad "La Nina" (The Girl) is dedicated to the women workers, and tells the psychologically debilitating effects of a maquiladora worker, who only gets Sundays off. The song ends on a positive note of hope, that someday, those days will be over: "one day you will be equal to everyone."

"Hanal Weech" (Eat, Armadillo) was performed at the concert and it's an upbeat cumbia sung in Mayan. The spoken interlude, translated in English goes, "You, beautiful woman even though you are very attractive, the day will come when I leave you because you smell like an armadillo. But if you put some perfume on, I'll come back to you." She explained this and it drew laughter. Celso Duarte's violin plays heavily here, and Lila's voice has a comical, child-like tone. One thing that I wonder: what do armadillos smell like?

A Woody Guthrie medley, "Pastures Of Plenty/This Land Is Your Land" is sung in English, and she did this in concert. She does the second song with a jazz-ish melody, something like late 80's Sade, except with a Latin beat. But there is also a rap that questions the definition of being American. "When did you come...long long before the buffalo walked?" or "Say you're American, but what does it mean?"

"El Bracero Fracasado" is a quick mariachi number about someone who made it past the border with nothing but the clothes on his back, and went through hunger and hardship only to get sent back where he has nothing.

The elegiac "Transito" (Transit) is a sad look at someone far from home who works "in this valley of asphalt and lead", where the factory prospers, but not the workers. "Smoke" is about another massacre of people that hasn't stirred human conscience. "Now everyone's waiting and hoping for justice/but will there be goodness when men kill their own?" she asks.

The sad torch song "La Martiana" based on a Zapotec song, is an entreaty to a young girl. Lila briefly recited excerpts of this before singing it, "Little girl, when I die/don't cry over my grave/because if you cry I will haunt you/but if you sing to me, my life/I will always live. I will never die." My favourite song here.

"La Llorona" (Crying Woman) is a melodic harp and guitar ballad and features the many aspects of Lila's hearty voice, soaring high octave, to low and smoky Holliday-style register, to that shuddering with emotion. Another favourite, and also on the Frida soundtrack.

The bonus track is an exotic cover of "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps", or "Quizas Quizas Quizas" in Spanish, most popularly done by Doris Day. Lila sings the verses in her hearty mid-register Spanish, the chorus in a softer register, in English.

Most of the lyrics are printed in both Spanish and English, so that's a big help. In all cases, Lila's able to capture the emotion of the lyrics and music. Her voice soars, rings harshly, and even quivers with emotion. And the Mexican and pre-Columbian instruments enhances this album with an exotic flavour. Gracias, Lila! ... Read more

13. We Broke the Rules
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lo Mejor(The best)
Without a doubt,these guys had given the genre known as Bachata the touch it needed to make it an international musical style that everyone can enjoy.Songs like "Obsecion","No me enseñaste","Obsecion English Remix" among others,are an example of the modernized new style these guys had brought to us.With a mix of Bachata,Salsa,Pop,and R&B,everyone can enjoy dancing or just listening to the music.

This young group,unlike the others bachata mucisians,had put so much feeling into their lyrics by presenting real life events such as drugs,abortion,sex,etc.

"Aventura sin duda alguna es la nueva generacion de la bachata y no es un secreto que este estilo ya ha superado el merengue y no cabe duda que podria superar la salsa."

Defenectly the best thing that had happened to Latin music in the last few years.A CD you can't miss!

5-0 out of 5 stars los mejores de la bachata
Desde la primera vez que escuche "Cuando Volveras" hasta ahora no he dejado de escuchar este Cd todos los dias. Aventura es lo mejor que ha pasado en el mundo de la bachata. Su estilo es unico e incomparable. No hay duda que los muchachos son muy talentosos. Romeo una buena voz que hasta yo quisiera tener. Aventura has the hottest bachata music in the clubs ever since they came out. Their spanglish style is really hot, even other artists are trying it(Nueva Era). This cd is the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars great... really, really!!!
Even I don't understand spanish yet, this is great music. I love whole album, but as the favourite songs I could mention "Gone", "Mi Puerto Rico" and "9: 15 Nueve y Quince". To "Obsesion" I had listened to much to say it still sounds too exciting :)) Now I'm looking forward for getting some new musics like that and suggest the ones who hadn't heard this - DO IT!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of Bachata!!!
Me encanta! I love this CD. My favriote song is "Obsesion". It has a very catchy rythm. I really reccomend this song to everyone and anyone!I wouls give it 100 stars!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great album
This group is really good. At first, I didn't know what they were saying half of the time but it sounded so good I didn't care. This album is great. ... Read more

14. Paulatina
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5-0 out of 5 stars genial e impresionante
este disco es de los mejores de este año todo un ritmo nuevo como lo llama la misma Paulina folclor futurista, tiene unos sonidos increibles, es como el disco Paulina pero llevado a la perfeccion y a niveles mucho mas altos que dejan a sus discos anteriores muy por debajo de este, incluyendo el mismo border girl, sus letras son buenas, tienen mensaje de amor , amistad etc. cuenta con buenas colaboraciones, y simplemente PAU-LATINA ademas de ser un nombre muy original para un disco demuestra sus raices, y la portada del disco es muy original y ella se ve buenisima.Y para su primer single saca te quise tanto que no es la mejor rola del disco pero muy buena con una letra de desamor que el mensaje llega a tu corazon. Paulina en este disco se le oye una voz mas madura y con mejores notas.

mis calificaciones son:

algo tienes 9/10
my friends, mi amigo 9.5/10
te quise tanto 10/10
baila que baila 8.5/10
ojala 10/10 (aunque supera el 10, deberia ser el 2 single)
perros 10/10
quiero cambiarme 9/10
mia 10/10
alma en libertad 8/10

adiosito corazon 10/10 (y este deberia ser el 3 single)
amor secreto 8/10
volveras 9/10
dame otro tequila 9.5/10
dame tu amor 7/10

5-0 out of 5 stars She is innovative and not the imitative one..Essencial Album
This one is the return of the Mexican Queen of the Pop, an essential album, where you were finding a variety of rythms, adorned with the talent of this prima donna.

International Latin pop sensation Paulina Rubio is gearing up her highly anticipated follow up Spanish album PAU-LATINA which will be released by Universal Music Latino in February 2004. The album which include songs like 'Te Quise Tanto,' 'Perros,' 'Alma en Libertad,' and 'Algo Tienes' Paulina tapped renown producers and composers to work with her such as Emilio Estefan, Chris Rodriguez, Sergio George, Marco Antonio Solis, Marcello Azevedo, Toy Hernandez (Control Machete), Coti and Jorge Villamizar (Bacilos) amongst many others. Paulina has come into her craft full circle with PAU-LATINA. She was very involved in the creative process and co-wrote 'My Friend, Mi Amigo,' 'Dame Tu Amor' y 'Baila Que Baila.' Paulina also hand picked the writers and composers on the other tracks working very closely with them to make sure her essence was captured in every song. Paulina is presently in Los Angeles preparing for her promotional tour and editing the final touches of the music video for her first single, 'Te Quise Tanto' which was directed by Gustavo Garzón. The single was scheduled to go to radio on January 7th but the record label was forced to service radio stations prematurely on December 23 when they received word the single had been leaked via the internet and a station in New York was already playing it. The single has been heating up the airwaves in the U.S., Latin America and Spain ever since. Through her many first hand experiences traveling abroad Paulina has discovered what she likes to call the beauty of multi ethnicity that is the world today. After returning from her BORDER GIRL worldwide tour Paulina was inspired to get right back to work on her new album. The album is a mixture of the rhythms that have influenced her life, rich sounds of Latin America, Reggaeton, Accordions, Spanish guitars, Rancheras, Batucada, Mariachi, Dance, Hip Hop, Rock, Pop and Gypsy rhythms. One of Paulina's favorite tracks 'Ojala' is a song that singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solis wrote after Paulina pursued him and insisted that her new album had to include a song from one of Mexico's greatest talents. She describes 'Ojala' as the new generation of Hip Hop Rancheras which she began." The title of Paulina's album, PAU-LATINA, honors the nickname that her legions of fans have given her as well as her Latin roots. The combination of both words, Paulatina also describes someone who knows how to relax and take it easy. Paulina comments "My music is a mirror of my self. I'm a strong, passionate, positive woman. I know what I want and how to work hard to make my dreams a reality. I have always been a bit of a rebel and this record is very Paulina (very me). I put my heart and soul into it and am so excited to share my new music with all my amigos."

1-0 out of 5 stars A total shame for latin music!
Paulina Rubio is one of the worst latin singers that have ever lived. It's such a shame for Latinos to be represented by this girl that doesn't even know what she sings. Although she has a lot of fans all over the world, she is still the worst singer ever!

1-0 out of 5 stars um theres a dog barking
ok from dog barks to trying to rap this album has failed to make any of my lists or reccomendations. id like to teach paulina a note or two and something about music.

1-0 out of 5 stars pau latina
paulina rubio is by afar the worst latin musician i have ever encountered. her singing is off key in many if not all songs and she mixes songs that should not be mixed. someone please tell paulina that she should stop recording and try soemthing else cause here in america she didnt do as well as some would hope in fact were looking forward to shakira going english not all of mexico's artists. ... Read more

15. On the 6
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Actress Jennifer Lopez's debut album fails in its attempt to provide a worthy musical backdrop to her much-discussed diva-esque image. Over the course of 13 songs, On the 6 displays barely a glimmer of the verve, poise, and sensuality of her screen performances in the likes of Out of Sight. With little vocal talent to rely on, Lopez generally seems content to ape Madonna's middle register like any happy radio listener. Similarly, several of the tracks here seem too rooted in the Latin-lite clichés of "La Isla Bonita." With practice--more Lopez CDs will surely follow in the wake of 6's success--the star might develop into a singer worth reckoning with, but for now she stands as a wonderful actress and a musical artist with an unengaging album to her name. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Lopez - On The 6 (Spanish Version)
This CD isn't really that different than the regular American version. It Has pretty much all the same songs (only 6 are in spanish) But anyway the tracks are as fallows :
1. No Me Ames [Duo Con Marc Anthony] 4:36 (original spanish)
2. If You Had My Love [Si Tuvieras Mi Amor] 4:26 (original)
3. Una Noche Mas 4:06 (original spanish)
4. Should've Never [No Debiera] 6:15 (original)
5. Es Amor* 4:41 (previously un-released)(spanish)
6. Let's Get Loud [Pongamonos Estridentes] 4:00 (original)
7. It's Not That Serious [No Es Tan Serio] 4:16 (original)
8. Amar Es Para Siempre* 3:53 (spanish vers. of "Promise Me You'll Try")
9. Too Late [Demasiado Tarde] 4:28 (original)
10. El Deseo De Tu Amor* 3:38 (spanish vers. of "Open Off My Love")
11. Talk About Us [Hablemos De Nosotros] 4:25 (original)
12. Could This Be Love [Podria Esto Ser Amor] 4:26 (original)
13. No Me Ames (Duo Con Marc Anthony) [Remezcla Tropical] 5:03 (original)
Like I said all of the tracks are the same as the US edition of this cd the only differenc are trakcs #5, #8, & #10. Tracks 8 & 10 being covers of her english songs, they sound just like the english versions, (but sound way better in spanish than in english), # 5 is an original recording in spanish, its a ballad. Over all this cd is basically the same as the original release (thats why I give it 4 stars) and all the songs are in english except tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, & 13.

5-0 out of 5 stars kool gear
My big sister says to me when you buy all her albums Jennifer will invite you for a romantic evening and night so I bought them all I hope she calls soon

1-0 out of 5 stars This cd defines "corn & onions"
Stick to acting, Jenny, cause your music sucks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut album
Jennifer lopez is definitely a super star. She is beautiful, sexy and she has talent. When i heard IF YOU HAD MY LOVE i said that i have to buy "On the 6". And i bought it. It is a great album with a lot of good songs. My favourite song is "Waiting for tonight" and "no me ames". The first one i love it because every time i listen it i dance. The second one because i love that tone and it is a good slow song. Other masterpiece of that album is "Lets get loud", "If you had my love", "Feelin'so good", "Baila", "Talk about us", "Promise me you'll try", "Should've never", "Una moche mas" etc. In the beginning i put 4 stars on that album but after i remember the very good pictures and artwork of that album. also inlay you will find the lyrics. Jennifer lopez is the best. (...)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Charming Surprise
I really didn't know much about Jennifer Lopez when Her debut album and smash single debut a #1. At that time no one could tell me how much I would love her music as much as I do. But after hearing Tracks like Feeling so good, Waiting for tonight I was hooked and the rest is history. Its a great cd . ... Read more

16. Rebirth [DualDisc]
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Love her or loathe her, uber-diva Jennifer Lopez knows how to deliver on record. She understands how to make the most of her limited vocal range, choosing to surround herself with able producers Rodney Jerkins, Timbaland, Big Boi and Cory Rooney, who oversaw Lopez's first album, On the 6. The mix makes Rebirth far more enjoyable than it should be, coasting on midnight-groove ballads and polished dance tracks. Lopez's fourth studio album offers little insight into her much-gossiped-about persona, but it's an undeniably fun ride anyway. A blaring James Brown horn riff drills first single "Get Right" into your head almost immediately, and soon enough, you'll find yourself bopping to the beat. The Middle-Eastern flavor of "Step Into My World" is undeniably seductive, and it's actually enhanced by Lopez's wisp of a voice. "Whatever You Wanna Do" and "Cherry Pie" are solid dance tracks, the kind of grooves JanetJackson made before she became a Superbowl afterthought. Elsewhere, the album is peppered with R&B ballads, much like Lopez's 2002 opus, This Is Me ... Then. Rebirth is hardly a groundbreaking affair, but it continues to showcase Lopez's skillful trend of producing solid, catchy, R&B-laced records. Nothing here ever sounds forced or canned, and in the world of MTV and radio edits, maybe that does make Lopez a bit of a revolutionary after all. --Joey Guerra [Note: This DualDisc version includes: CD AUDIO SIDE: Entire AlbumDVD SIDE: Entire album in enhanced stereo and exclusive video content only available on Dual Disc:1. Rebirth documentary 2. Get right video 3. Get right video fet fabolous This disc is intended to play on standard DVD and CD players. May not play on a limited number of models.] ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Half-Baked Pop Product With Few Fun Moments
As with her last album, "This Is Me, Then," Jennifer Lopez's latest foray into music is a half-baked pop product with few fun moments to offer. The reason for this is quite obvious: Her lack of talent.

The few pieces of listening pleasure on this disc are certainly not owed to Lopez, who also did not pen any of the tracks, which is certainly a peculiar thing, since she referred to herself as a musician on her official website only a short while ago. Indeed, its the studio players who make lead-single "Get Right" the lovely piece of pop confection that is, what with their urgent, funky jazz horns.

Other tracks that are enjoyable, or at least listenable, are the lyrically sour "Cherry Pie," which nevertheless has a an awesome hook, and "Whatever You Wanna Do" which has rambunctious production and a savory melody that makes the most of her wisp of a vocal range. "I, Love" is also digestable, but only due to its rhythmic drumming.

The rest of the tracks are lazy, mid-tempo, anemic R&B that is unadulteratedly trashy. Even "Step Into My World," which has an infectious Middle-Eastern groove, falls flat. "Hold You Down" is extremely contrived; who does she think she's fooling?, and "(Can't Believe) This Is Me" tries to be the show-stopping ballad of the album. All it manages to underscore is that Lopez can't sing.

In short, if you absolutely must purchase a copy of this album, you are on the page for the correct version to buy; the DualDisc version. The video for "Get Right," which is included on the DVD side, is downright hot; it's impossible to keep your eyes off her. Isn't that what it's all about, anyway?

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this CD!!!
I am one of the few people that buys all of his music (instead of illegal downloading) because I want to support the artists that I like. When I buy a CD I always make a copy so I can burn a back-up, play it in my portable player, make my own mixed cd,etc. These new "Dual Discs CANNOT be copied/ripped on a computer!!!!! I have tried 4 different programs and it wont work. In my opinion it ruins the way that I want to use the music I purchased. I will NEVER again buy a dual disc. What sense does it make if you cant listen to the music the way that you want to enjoy it.


1-0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece only in a certain reviewer's mind
rebirth is the perfect example of the depths the music industry has plunged to where the record companies unleash such crap as have to really tone deaf to enjoy this music.THIS is obvious that this awful woman just cant sing for nuts.this is even more worse than her previous lousy albums .A MUST AVOID.get the dark side of the moon from pink floyd instead.minus one billion stars for this disaster.

5-0 out of 5 stars JLO's rebirth..The BEST!
This is the best cd I've ever heard from JLO..I really love the Step Into My Worldsong..

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Jennifer...
I had the marvelous oportunity of listen to it before it come out, and I bought it recently. This album contais great R&B, Ballads and Hip-Hop samples, It's a great comeback, althoug it had several critics. I like it. Respect Usher's problem I don't care "Get Right" has had good critics, and y'all know what really happended. If people likes it, nobody can do anything
I must say this is a new Jennifer, she has matured
A groovy R&B track I loved it since I heard it at that amazing audition party
A mid-tempo song similar to Come over, Amazing
A Hip-Hop ballad, Fat Joe does a magnificent work here, the lyrics are inspirational and amazing
Perfect, sounds like Eazy-E and Ice Cube
Odious, I don't know how she recorded this horrible song, the beat is bad. I don't like it
I GOT U +5/5
Another mid-tempo with a great flute.
It's just good
Kinda melancholic, I love it
I, LOVE +5/5
One of the best songs of the album
Just good
(Can't Believe) THIS IS ME 5/5
Produced by Marc Anthony, one of her best melancholy tunes to date
GET RIGHT Remix +5/5
Both songs are awesome, this is a great resaon to become a Fabolous fan.
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17. Donde Estan Los Ladrones?
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Rock-pop dance queen Shakira from Colombia is back with a sophomore album that pretty much mines the same field as her debut, with predictably similar sounds. "Ciega, Sordamuda" has the same urgent dance beat reminiscent of "Estoy Aquí," the monster club hit from her debut, Pies Descalzos. The singer/songwriter, whose whispery, quavering vocals sound like a cross between Alanis Morrisette and Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries, wrote or cowrote all 11 tracks. Surprisingly, considering that noted producer ace Emilio Estefan is at the helm here, there is very little variance here from her debut. The tunes are mostly either rock-edged dance numbers or reflective melancholy ballads; the best include the echoey "Tú" and the meandering "Sombra de Ti." --Ramiro Burr ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You have to have that one
I agree with most of the reviewers: "Laundry Service" is good, but this is better. I found the "MTV Unplugged" before this one, so I knew most of songs in live versions. I honestly do not know which one sound best and I recommend both.

The album opens on the danceable mariachi influenced "Ciega, sordomuda" - already a winner. Then come the rock oriented energetic "Si te vas" en the great guitar ballad "Moscas en la casa" (one of my favourites). "No Creo" is mixing rock guitars and a dance rhythmic section (great chorus). You can rest next with another ballad "Inevitable" and its grant chorus and another favourite of mine, "Octavio dia" (great lyrics).

"Que vuelvas" once again mixes dance beats and guitars while "Tu" is a romantic love song. "Donde estan los ladrones", a little bit folk, with a lot of guitars, is another standout. "Sombra de ti" is a ballad with blues guitars and great sober vocals.

"Ojos asi" is irresistible (you'll find it in English on 'Laundry Service' under the title "Eyes Like Yours"). I can't sit when listening to that song, my hips and feet seem to get a life of their own. The mix of rock, latino pop and oriental vibes in that song is typical from Shakira's unique style.

She's a good songwriter and a talented vocalist. If she can keep her head on her shoulders and her unique way of singing and making music, she'll do wonder in the future. In the meantime I'm sitting here waiting for her next release, either in Spanish or English.

NB: My copy of the CD (european pressing I think) has the single version of "Ojos asi" and "Estoy Aqui" as bonus tracks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Donde Estan Los Ladrones? (Where are the Thieves?) - CD
Shakira's Donde Estan Los Ladrones is one of her best albums. It has a blend of pop and rock infused rythms. Recomended songs include "Ciega, Sodomuda", "Ojos Asi", "Si Te Vas", the title track "Donde Estan Los Ladrones?" and "Octavo Dia." The songs on this album are deep. Just listen to them and hear the words Shakira sings. Even if you don't understand the language, you can learn the songs, because the lyrics are included and can be translated on the net.

Donde Estan Los Ladrones is the first Shakira CD I bought. I first started listening to her music when the single "Ciega Sordomuda" came out and have be a fan since. If you are new to Shakira's music and weather you do or do not like "Laundry Service", I recommend this one; Donde Estan Los Ladrones?, because it is a great selection of songs.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Alright
This CD is ok but nothing I would rave about. The versions of Tu, No Creo, Donde Estan Los Ladrones, and Octavio Dia sound a lot better on the MTV Unplugged album. I'd recommend you buy Unplugged so you can hear the difference between these songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shakira's BEST
I can proudly say that this was the CD that made me a fan of Shakira, not her english language debut "Laundry Service" which I just didn't care for. I can't speak spanish, so I have no clue what Shakira is saying on this CD, but that doesn't matter because the music is so good and her singing is so passionate that the music crosses the language barriers. If you have "Laundry Service" the song "Windows and Doors" loses all it's power when sung in english, the original spanish version, Ojos Asi, is on this CD and it is just KILLER! If you are a Shakira fan, and only know her from "Laundry Service", then buy THIS CD because it will show you why Shakira is now an international star!
This is one of my favorite CDs of all time along with Mr.Deviant's "Techno Obsession" which is a mix of power rock and hard dance music to make some killer instrumentals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shakira's best album
Donde Estan Los Ladrones is the first Shakira CD I ever purchased, and it sure is the best. It's better than Laundry Service. At that time, the only song I knew was Ojos Asi. The CD never left my diskman and I always had it set on repeat to Ojos Asi, listening to it literally hundreds of times as I would ride the bus from classes to work to home...and I always bellydance to it as well when I'm home :). This girl has true, raw talent. And she is proud to show off both her Columbian and Lebanese roots. What makes this CD so great is that every song is a major hit, not just one or two. My other favorites are Inevitable, Moscas En La Casa, Tu, Octavio Dia and Sombra de Ti. I don't speak Spanish, but I've learned quite a bit listening to Shakira's songs and getting the translations online. Her lyrics are very deep and meaningful. Shakira cannot be compared to Brittany Spears or Christina Aguillera or any other pop star. She is in a class by herself. ... Read more

18. Oye Como Va: The Dance Collection
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best Tito Puente CDs available
This is easily one of the best Tito Puente CDs availabe. A compilation of some of Tito's best songs, these versions inspire awe and intense dancing. In addition, the notes by Joe Conzo succinctly detail Puente's life from the beginning of his musical career (or at least by the time Tito was 13 ... ), Tito's influences, playing with Machito, to the Navy in WWII, to the Palladium era and beyond.

Even just the mention of the infamous and influential Palladium establishes the authenticity of the biography, the music and the album. Within the New York Mambo scene, abundant reference is still made to the Palladium, both to the music and the dancing (which cannot exist without each other). Conzo notes that "Ran Kan Kan" was first recorded in 1949 -- a fact that many of the people 'in the know' today are not familiar with.

This CD is so good that for a while, it was the first thing I wanted to hear in the morning and the last music I wanted to hear at night. Don't miss this one!

Thanks go first and foremost to the creators and second to those who chronicle the music, the musicians and the culture. The growth in this art achieved by the next generation will only be possible because they learned from you.

5-0 out of 5 stars What A Great Musical Talent
Tito Puente Made Incredible Music.The Grooves&Arrangements were Ahead of Their Time.You Feel The Emotions&Vibes all The way Thru here.his Music was World Music.The Musicians are Great as's very Essential.

5-0 out of 5 stars You gotta dance, you can't help it
I love this album. I have a bunch of Tito's stuff, close to all of it, I imagine. (I don't think anyone has every Tito album, not even Tito.) This one's nearly as hot as his 50's releases. He just gets more tasteful and refined without damping his red-hot latin soul. And I love Carlos, but this is how Oye Como Va is SUPPOSED to sound

5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Puente is a exellent music artist
Mr. Puente is an exellent music artist and not only is his music very addicting but he is quite a comic when performing live shows I definitly give Tito five stars because he is truly a great musician, and a shout out ta SR. SHORTY.

5-0 out of 5 stars Latin music lovers watchout, this is a great CD
I became a fan of Tito and Latin music after listening to this wonderfully ecclectic CD. Being a musician myself, I was in awe of the great players and Tito's leadership. The beats are fantastic, guaranteed to move you. Buy it, and try it, I guarantee you will not be disappointed! ... Read more

19. Sueños Liquidos
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With magnetic rhythms, cool grooves, and catchy hooks, the Mexican rock band Maná have conquered fans on both sides of the border. From the wickedly cool opener "Hechicera" to the pulsating "Un Lobo por Tu Amor," the tunes are easy to get into, regardless of whether you know Spanish or not. There's plenty of fun, too, on the rollicking "Tu Tienes Lo Que Quiero" and the zany "Clavado en un Bar," which became the tour anthem during the band's 1998 tour. Also bewitching are the romantic "En el Muelle de San Blas" and the achy love ode "Como Dueles en los Labios." The band is also daring, remembering political prisoners around the world on "Me Voy a Convertir en un Ave." --Ramiro Burr ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars mexican kings
Fantastic CD. I was first introduced to Mana by Revolucion de Amor hits on Chilean radio. I then bought Unplugged, and within a few months bought what is probably my favorite Mana album, Suenos Liquidos. In fact, since I've been back to the US, it has been one of 2 CDs that I've played over and over again in my car (along with La Ley Unplugged).

"Clavado en Un Bar" is guitar heavy and addictive, and "Muelle de San Blas" is spectacular (more upbeat than the later, Unplugged version). "Como dueles en los labios" is probably my third favorite of the tracks, but most are good.

Though the lyrics are often somewhat depressing and speak of hopelessness and loss, the music itself is quite upbeat and very fun. If you understand the lyrics, this paradox makes the music all the more chilling and fascinating (in particular Clavado en un Bar, in my opinion). If not, just enjoy the tunes!

McAllen o como sea si no sabes lo que dices al buche por que te guste o no MANA es el mejor grupo de ROCK en espanol son divinos y no los cambio por ninguno y haci aya un grupo de Rock en espanol mejor que ellos, yo nunca les dare mi espalda al contrario todo mi apollo. En House of Blues en Orlando dieron un show tremendo tanto haci que si ni fuera por que no podia pasar me trepaba a la tarima a besar a Fher y a Alex que estan bien ricos, osea chamaquito (a) callate y no hables mierda si no conoses a estos eroes del Rock en Espanol si yo pudiera le dava 100 estrellas y mas ignorante eres una charra sin estilo ni dignidad si te tuviera de frente te rompia la cara sucio(a) MANA IS THE BEST! #111111111111111111111111111 quien 100-pre los va a apoyar haci se caigan su gran admiradora de todo corazon. Kaly. PUERTORRIQUENA DE CORA. MANA THE BEST OF THE BEST#1

5-0 out of 5 stars comfy cd
This is my rainy day cd that I always play when I'm down, its raining, or I can't figure out what else to listen to. I love all the songs, especially "Muelle de San Blas". That song holds a special sound that has so much feeling. It feels like sweet sorrow, you don't even have to understand Spanish to feel this. It is a great cd with lots of emotional value.

5-0 out of 5 stars De colección con el poster interior de Letizia Ortiz
Además de la excelente música... este es un artículo de colección por el poster deplegable interior donde aparece desnuda Letizia Ortiz.

5-0 out of 5 stars recomendation
what can you say besides that it is a good album. ... Read more

20. Ricky Martin [US 1999]
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Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin's self-titled first English-language album is a triumph of an omnivorous world-pop sensibility--but more important is that at its best, it's a real kick. The first single, "Livin' la Vida Loca," employs a revved-up ska tempo to praise a girl whose "lips are devil red [and] skin's the color of mocha." Martin is no less irresistible on the disc's other uptempo numbers, such as "Spanish Eyes," "The Cup of Life" (the 1998 World Cup theme which with he stole the Grammy telecast a few months before this CD's release), and the Soul Coughing-indebted "Shake Your Bon Bon." Ricky Martin loses momentum with its draggier ballads--even the much-touted Madonna duet, "Be Careful (Cuidade con Mi Corazon)," doesn't spark--but overall, it deserves its inevitable multiplatinum success. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars What a nice surprise...........
Ricky Martin's self-titled album was more than I expected. It is pretty darn catchy with the usual mix of ballads and dance numbers. My absolute favorite song on the album is Private Emotion which I never get sick of listening to. The 2nd best song is I Count the Minutes with a very catchy chorus that you will be singing along with. She's All I Ever Had, Living La Vida Loca, and his duet with Madonna called Be Careful are also featured. The duet is a bit on the slow side but still quite good. I think I like his duet with Christina Aguillera much better (Nobody Wants To Be Lonely) but overall this cd is worth checking out. You have a variety of textures, exotic sounds, and different tempos to keep you from being bored.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ricky Martin is an absolute DREAMBOAT!!!!!
Dios mio, is Ricky hot!!! I am (or, should I say, was) a hairdresser in a local Boston salon, and I was thinking of quitting my job to pursue a career in musical theatre, when one day, Carlos, the fiesty manager, put "La Vida Loca" into the CD player. Aye carumba, step aside C&C Music Factory, this hairdresser is gonna DANCE!!

Well, I did make a few mistakes on my customer's hair due to the Latin dance fever that swept over my body like cool rain on a hot August morning, and ended up being fired from the salon, but now that I have Ricky, nothing else matters!!!!

Aside from the smash hit "La Vida Loca," other infectious dance ditties appear on the album, among them, the sensual "Shake your Bon Bon." I will, Ricky, believe you me I will! "Cuidado con Mi Corazon," his duet with pop goddess Madonna, is my favourite song. Translated from the zesty Spanish language, the song's title equates to something like "Careful with my heart." Well, Ricky, if Madonna breaks your heart, you're welcome to share mine with me 4-eva!!!!!

This is one of the best dance albums to come out EVER!!! Own it, love it, dance to it!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Emmm...I don't really hate this guy that much
I'm a guy that listen to mostly Metal Music. I can't stand most of the Pop music. But I don't really hate this guy. The guy is a good person. He's always worried about charity and all that stuff. The songs were just catchy songs. Dancing songs with stupid Lyrics but what did you expect anyway? I mean, what happened to this guy is more or less what happened to Vanilla Ice. Everybody hates Vanilla Ice today (Many of those that hate him used to love him). In some MTV crap, they told me one of his songs was chosen one of the worst songs ever. Well, MTV and the people used to love that song. No they turn their back. To me Ice always sucked so I don't change my mind because MTV tells me. The same is happening to Ricky Martin. Suddenly, everyone attacks him saying he has no talent and that he sucks and that he was a joke. I never listen to him. Quiet frankly, his music is only good for dancing ( For those that like dancing) but, don't be so mean. I mean. More than one of those that hates him danced with his music and probably had a good time. The guy is a good guy and he brought some "sabor" to the pathetic dancing skills of the average white American . Girls began to like all the dancing stuff and the guys had to begin dancing. The music sucks, is true but he was never tried to seem some kind of musical genius. Don't come here to appear as some kind of Pop hater and recommend Sum 41 or Linkin Park or Reload of Metallica.. I'm a metalhead so I know what good music with electric guitars is.
Then they go like "Chris rock said..." the hell with Chris Rock. Just leave this guy alone. It seems many like to express their antihispanic thoughts bashing this guy. He hasn't dissapeared either. He is strong as 5 years ago in the Latin music industry.
Ricky Martin is commercial as hell. This album was horrible. The Radio and MTV earned like crazy but he could and can make people dance at the end. Besides he is a good person that doesn't dislike his fans (Kurt, Avril....). I give him 2 stars because I made up with a girl thanks to one of his songs and because of all the charity projects that he is involved with all the time.

1-0 out of 5 stars His career is "Livin La Vida" over
Remember how big this guy was back in 99? It's a really good thing that it's 2004 now and this guy is now a complete and utter joke. Shake your bon bon indeed...

5-0 out of 5 stars Ricky Martin [US 1999]
Ricky Martin [US 1999]~ Ricky Martin was an album that was played so much that you were sick of hearing it when it came out. However, it is not a bad album. The lyrics are pretty stupid and downright inane. But the enthusiasm and the happy go lucky feeling of Mr Martin can not be denied. He is an accomplished performer. When he sings in Spanish it sounds more natural though. ... Read more

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