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21. Canto
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Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com's Best of 2001

Formed in 1998 as a loose collective of (mostly) Texas musicians with a love for traditional Mexican melodies, Los Super Seven took exactly one week to produce a self-titled debut that was an offhand marvel of norteño tradition and intimacy. Three years later, four of the original members--including David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos--return for Canto, but their musical ambitions have broadened from Tex-Mex house party to pan-Latin musical summit. Boasting guest appearances by Brazilian tropicalismo heavyweight Caetano Veloso, Los Angeles-based Cuban pianist Albert Salas, and Peruvian diva Susana Baca, Canto features some of the old-world romantic charm of Buena Vista Social Club (listen, in particular, to Raul Malo croon the album-opening "Siboney"), but the CD doesn't shy away from the subtler, breathier charms of Veloso or Baca's sophisticated Afro-Latin pop on "Drumi Drumi Mobila." Canto reaches its pinnacle on "Teresa," a Hildalgo-sung gem that mixes the rock experimentalism of Los Lobos with the percussive piano attack of Salas and a complex undertow of polyrhythms. At times like these, Canto sounds both like a logical extension of Ry Cooder's multimedia global juggernaut, and a not-so-subtle reminder that new musical traditions are often carved out by ignoring geographic boundaries. --Keith Moerer ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars BVSC meets Los Lobos in Brazil
Buyers take note, this is not "Los Super Seven" as you remember them from the Grammy winner from'98. This is more like "Los Supers" with the addition of such notables as Susanna Baca, Rick Trevino, Ruben Ramos, Caetano Veloso, Raul Malo and NUMEROUS others. Gone is the Tex-Mex flavor of Los Super Seven, replaced by a collection of songs that fill into the world music category with much diversity including Caetano Veloso taking over in Portuguese for one fourth of the album. Susana Baca performs a heartfelt number entitled "Drumi Mobila" which has lullabye folkloric qualities in Spanish? Is this bad? Not really but it is such a departure from the the original Super Seven CD that it is worth taking note before buying. The songs have an old world flavor ala BVSC. IMO the best songs are those that remain closest to the original where Hidalgo, Rosas or Trevino take the musical lead, translation, an extension of Los Lobos/Tex-Mex. The cohesiveness is lacking because of the different musical styles and the result might better be suited for a compilation. It comes across sounding like one of those music from the four corners of the world albums. The music itself is very good, excellent musicians all lending their talents to reflect the diversity of "Canto." Recommended for those fans of world music beyond the southwest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Second Installment is a Smash
Canto, the second offering from Los Super Seven, is different from the debut album, but in a good way. Notably absent from this album is the norteño inspired accordion work of Flaco Jimenez, Canto expands beyond Mexican music and expertly interprets Caribbean and South American rhythms. Raul Malo's vocals on "Siboney" are particularly wonderful as is Rick Treviño's work on "El Que Siembra Su Maiz." The Super 7's tribute to Arlo Guthrie, on "Campesino", is especially warming to anyone who has ever known anyone who toils under the hot sun. Perhaps the best song on this album, after Siboney, is the Cuban standard, "Me Voy Pa'l Pueblo," which reminds me of lazy days on a Caribbean beach.

Many will compare this album to works by the Buena Vista Social Club, which is flattering and true only in that both albums are wonderful. The rhythms and artistry will render the fact that this is a Spanish language album moot. If you have a Susana Baca or Buena Vista inspired album in your collection, then you must purchase this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Latino Offering Much Diversity
This collection of Latino music and musicians from around globe is certainly in a trajectory away from Los Super Seven, but still in vein of the richness and beauty of this passionate music genre. Especially into "Me Voy Pa'l Pueblo" and "Teresa."

Neat added touch of comments by performers with the words and translation of each cut!

4-0 out of 5 stars charming music, different styles
I was drawn to this CD by the first track, "Siboney", an old standard by Cuban songwriter Ernesto Lecuona, given a beautifully raw and plaintive a capella rendition by Raul Malo. The other songs are delightful in different ways, though they are not all to my taste. Each of the seven artists here seems to have contributed some of his/her own songs, with a minimum of collaboration. Therefore there is a mix of styles and languages. What is uniform is a warmth and love of the music that comes through in each song.

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful cd!!
I just saw the cd and decided "to try it out". I love the mix of old and new and the fusions. The guest artists are the best. Susana Baca and Caetano Veloso are my favs, and to have them also on the cd adds a great touch! Definentely worth it! ... Read more


22. Todos Los Romances
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5-0 out of 5 stars Luis Miguel is the master of the love song.
These three discs sum up what is inside the Latin heart and love experience. Want to dance slowly and hold that special someone in your arms? This is the music for you. Most Latinas melt when this music is being played. Don't speak Spanish, not a problem, the message of love is universal as is music. You don't have to speak Spanish to appreciate these songs. There is a song for every imaginable phase of ones love life. An excellent romantic collection. A must buy for anyone who has ever been in love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magnifico
I've been a fan of Latin(boleros) and French(Piaf, Aznavour, etc.) music since the 60's. Never have I experienced such pleasure in listening as with Luis Miguel. This man inteprets lyrics in such a way as to make them his very own. His blending of smoothness with emotional content is extraordinary. When he sings, I believe every word and feel the impact in the deepest parts of my soul. Whether it be the pain or hope of love, his presentation is so intimate and personal that one feels as if he's telling his own stories. A truly great singer-Viva El Rey!

5-0 out of 5 stars Todos los romances
the music is great however it came with a package and the case was broken and it was not taken care off.
I was dissapointed about the manner in wich it was shipped.
Just thought I would let you guys know to becareful next time you send something.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a must buy purchase for lovers of timeless music
This 3 CD set brings together the 3 smash releases that Luis Miguel released in the "Romance" genre beginning in 1991 through 1997 and for those who have not bought the individual releases, this is a great opportunity to get them all at a much better price than if purchased individually.

I first discovered Luis Miguel with his breakthrough 1990 release titled "20 Años" when I visited Mexico while on vacation and I can't believe that I still play that release so frequently so many years later. It's simply pop at its best so shortly thereafter I decided to give his first stab at Latin American standards a try and all I can say is "WOW." Luis Miguel brought a totally new the passion to timeless masterpieces and managed to make them as if they had been written exclusively for him. His amazing voice is elegantly complemented by the a lush instrumentation that quickly made it one of my favorites. Songs like 'No Me Platiques Mas," "Involvidable," La Puerta," "La Barca," "Usted" and many others make this the strongest of the 3 CDs and easily earns 5 stars.

Although the follow ups, titled "Segundo Romance" and "Mis Romances" are also flawless and Luis Miugel nails them perfectly, the song selection is not as strong as in "Romances;" notwithstanding songs like "El Dia Que Me Quieras" (I love the harmonica towards the end of that song), "Sin Ti" (his voice is on fire and the song as as good as any version I've ever heard!) and "La Media Vuelta" (the guitars and chorus is out of this world) from "Segundo Romance" as well as "Sabor A Mí," "La Gloria Eres Tu," and "Encadenados," from "Mis Romances" makes the other 2 CDs in this collection a must.

As a set I give this 3 CD collection a well-earned 4 star rating (which would have been 5) had the 2nd and 3rd CD matched the brilliance and energy of the 1st. Again, they are all great CDs, but the first is a 5-star masterpiece that brought an entirely new audience to this very talented singer who is not just a flash in the pan.

1-0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY MEDIOCRE!
Luis Miguel has an insignificant, annoying & mousey voice. The arrangements are all sappy, boring & overdone. If you want the real thing, sung by real singers, and performed by real musicians, I definitely recommend Los Tres Ases with a young Marco Antonio Muniz as the lead singer. If you are looking for a Solo Singer's interpretation of these songs, I wholeheartedly recommend Alberto Angel or Pedro Vargas...two velvety tenor voices that have some weight, breadth of technique & resonant voices. ... Read more


23. MTV Unplugged
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Maná may be at the forefront of the ever-burgeoning Rocken Español movement, but the Mexican band employs a variety ofstyles to perfect its pleasing pop sound. Nowhere is that more evidentthan on MTV Unplugged, the quartet's shimmering live collectionof some of its biggest hits. Airy balladry, simmering tropical grooves,and '80s-inspired choruses all figure in the mix, making for aneffortless and intimate evening of music. The live setting punches upManá's arrangements on tracks such as "No Ha Parado de Llover,""Ana," and "Vivir Sin Aire." The confident vocal swagger and pleading delivery of lead singer Fher, particularly on "Perdido en un Barco" and "Oye Mi Amor," brings to mind icons such as Sting and U2's Bono. Fher is a rocksuperstar waiting to be embraced by the world. --Joey Guerra ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars MANA, Unplugged y a toda fuerza
MANA MTV Unplugged sin duda sobrepaso muchas espectativas. Me parece que es un CD muy bien estructurado musicalmente. Las nuevas versiones de canciones ya conocidas como "Se me olvido otra vez" tienen un toque de naturalidad y juventud. Sin duda, la mejor cancion en este CD es ANA, en la cual Sergio Vallin demuestra su excelente abilidad con la guitarra. Con todo, MANA sigue consagrandose como el mejor grupo de rock en espa~nol. Sin embargo, habra que ver su proximo CD, el cual debe ser el mejor hasta la fecha. Espero que MANA siga progresando...y que no se quede estancado como otros grupos que no desean salir de la monotonia.... Como fan de MANA , este CD me gusta mucho. Pero tambien como fan, se que MANA necesita experimentar y hacer que su musica madure y crezca.

4-0 out of 5 stars MANA MTV Unplugged, exito en USA
MANA MTV Unplugged, el mas reciente disco compacto de MANA sinduda ha causado un gran agrado en todos sus fans..... Agregandocanciones de SUENOS LIQUIDOS, DONDE JUGARAN LOS NINOS?, FALTA AMOR y CUANDO LOS ANGELES LLORAN, MANA logro una excelente combinacion de musica en vivo.....

La cancion que mas energia tiene es sin duda ANA, la cual suena inclusive mejor que su version original.........La inclusion en este CD de canciones de Juan Gabriel, Jose Alfredo Jimenez y Ruben Blades hacen de este disco un digno exponente de lo que se puede hacer con la musica.

Con todo, solo queda esperar a que MANA lance su proximo CD, el cual todos esperamos que sea el mejor....... END

5-0 out of 5 stars Maná is incredible!!!
Maná is one of my favorite bands, and this is by far their best CD. If you are buying this, I would also suggest MTV Unplugged by Shakira (also incredible) and by 10,000 Maniacs.

5-0 out of 5 stars At the height of their talent
Mana is able to transform their great music into something even more enchanting in this unplugged album. I think that there is a lot a band can do with acoustic sets if they put the effort into it and it is apparent that Mana has because this is one of their best albums. Mana is really at the height of their musical talent on this album especially with songs like No Ha Parado De Llover, Perdido en un Barco, Oye Mi Amor and Cuando Los Angeles Lloran. If you do not have this album and are a Mana fan get it because it shows a new side of Mana, is highly enjoyable and one of the best albums ever put out by any band.

5-0 out of 5 stars *MaNa*
Once again Mana the best of all. This CD as u can see is Unplugged but that doesnt change the great music from Mana. They are the Maximum. This songs have been sang infront of people. U hear the base and the electric guitar. ... Read more


24. Latin Lullaby
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Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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Including contributions from Tex-Mex power folkie Tish Hinojosa, Cuban opera diva Clara Alonso, and Nelie Lebrón Robles, lead singer of Paracumbé, an Afro-Puerto Rican outfit, Latin Lullaby is a richly moving encounter with dream-inducing tunes sung in Spanish. Drawing on the relatively new folk customs of Latin America, this collection features elegant guitar noodling, classical orchestration, a cappella intimacy, and straight-ahead guitar and voice lullaby, as on "Duermete Mi Nino" ("Sleep My Child"), Venezuela's national anthem. Also present are progressively traditional ballads of parental love and protection, adult concerns, and gently rootsy narratives detailing the everyday responsibilities of child rearing. The latter is exemplified by Mili Bermejo's "La Cuna de Tu Hijo" ("The Cradle of Your Child"), in which a proud papa labors over crafting a customary baby bed, as well as by Cuban pop star Xiamantha Laugart's cheeky medley about a mother's negligence and a dancing baby. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My baby's favorite CD
This CD is my baby's favorite since he was only a week old. It is so soothing to be put to sleep to and the songs are so melodic and a welcome change from those clangy anoying music box type music. This is real music you would listen to yourself for a nice hot bath. The songs are easy to learn and sing with your child weather or not you are a spanish speaking family. It was a nice way for my baby to learn Spanish and reenforce his language in the home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sleepytime Music
I bought this CD for my daughter when she was just a couple of weeks old. She's now 3 mos. old and won't go to sleep unless we play it for her. Sometimes I can hum the "Senora Santana" song to her and she falls right to sleep. I highly recommend this CD

5-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful CD
My baby loves this CD- it makes him sooo sleepy. It makes us sleepy too! There is one song that is a little "upbeat" and not really "lullaby-like" but I would still give it 5 stars. The spanish lyrics are beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, Soul-Searching Music
This CD is incredible -- my infant son was lulled to sleep by it, and it calmed him when nothing else could. Well, I missplaced the CD for about a year and a half, had another baby during that time, and found it today while I was doing a deep cleaning of our house. I popped the CD in, and my son (now three years old) sat there enchanted. I just now rocked him to sleep like I used to while listening to it, and it brought back a flood of heart-warming memories. Then I put my infant daughter to sleep, and it was touching to see her fall asleep to it, too. The songs touch your very soul, especially A La Nanita Nana.

5-0 out of 5 stars My baby loves this CD!
My baby boy, who is now 9.5 months old, was adopted at 7 months from Latin America. We listen to this CD every night, and before each nap. Every time I put it on, his eyes get huge, and he is mesmerized by the music. He listens to it very calmly for about 15 minutes, and then drifts off to sleep. I really like it, too. It's very, very calming. I highly recommend it! ... Read more


25. Mi Tierra
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Cuban American singer Gloria Estefan was a mainstream pop balladeer and dance music queen who happened to be Latina before taking a surprising turn in Mi Tierra and reclaiming her roots. Singing in Spanish, impeccably produced and backed by a superb ensemble that includes 79-year-old maestro Israel Lopez "Cachao" on bass (he is only the creator of mambo itself), arranger Juanito Marquez, and singer and percussionst Luis Enrique, Estefan delivers worthy reinterpretations and updates of traditional Afro-Cuban styles. It might be too smooth for traditionalists--who may also object to Estefan's delivery, not that of classic sonera--but as an introduction to the music, it is engaging and the playing of the ensemble is true and impeccable. --Fernando Gonzalez ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A tribute to modern Cuban music
Mi Tierra is such a special, sincere, romantic and most of all a very Cuban album. In the market now for 10 years and still has its musical magic comparable to the first time that I listened to this production. No doubt this is one of her most complete albums and perhaps her best in the category of tropical music. Gloria Estefan has always been a renowned singer in English and if I am not mistaken Mi Tierra is her first Spanish album and who would of thought that it would be so successful. This cd has various Cuban rhythms like son, traditional, boleros and salsa. The album has 12 songs in total and they are all wonderful. Once you start listening to the album there will be no need to stop. The first song will really coax you into listening to the rest of the recording. It's a very romantic bolero and at the same time very inspiring and well sung by Gloria which will leave you motivated to listen to the rest of the songs. There are very danceable ones such as the forever popular "Mi Tierra" as well as 'Ayer" and "Hablemos el mismo idioma". Mi Tierra is one of those albums that has no time frame because the songs will live forever and this music has no boundaries. It's for anyone who knows how to appreciate the beauty that it has to offer. I hope Gloria produces more Spanish albums. I think she was born to sing in her native language! Try to ascertain a copy while you can. This is wonderful tribute to Spanish music, people and culture! Arriba Cuba!

5-0 out of 5 stars It will lift your spirits, move your feet & make you dance!
¡Mi corazón y alma canta con este CD -- y así que voluntad el tuyo! (My heart and soul sings with this CD -- and so will yours!) Okay, so you can't read spanish -- I am pretty bad myself. But whether or not you know Spanish doesn't matter when it comes to this CD. You'll LOVE it. It is one of those rare CD's that I play over and over and over and over again without realizing it. It lifts my spirits, moves my feet and makes me dance!

MI TIERRA is not only a Grammy winner, it is a masterpiece. I have always loved Gloria Estefan (and the Miami Sound Machine) so this was a natural selection for me. All the cuts are great and it is hard to pick my favorites but definately Mi Tierra (my land or homeland), No Hay Mal Que Por Bien No Venga (Out of all bad some good things come), Si Senior (Yes, sir its my s-o-n [an Afro-Cuban rhythm]) and Montuno (Montuno --another Afro-Cuban rhythm) top the list. The arrangements and the musicians on this CD are spectacular.

If you are interested (or even care) there are English translations included within the CD jacket. If you are looking for a change and a CD that you'll never tire of -- try this one. All I can say is, "Cante Gloria cantan. No puedo conseguir bastantes." (Sing Gloria sing. I can't get enough.)
;-)

5-0 out of 5 stars the best of Gloria!
I would say this is her best cd ever!.
Tierra is a beautiful song that highlights cuban roots in a very special way. "Mi buen amor" is simply a beautiful ballad! "Ayer" wow>>another hit!
This cd is entirely worth buying.
Soy cubana , y cada vez que escucho este cd me siento mas orgullosa de serlo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Afrocubanismo for the masses
An astonishingly assured effort by Gloria Estefan, considered by many Gloriaphiles to be her best work. This sounds like an album of Afrocubanismo standards, like Linda Ronstadt's "Frenesi." Unlike Ms. Ronstadt's masterpiece, however, the songs on "Mi Tierra" are mostly original songs, many written by Gloria herself or by the great Estefano (who has written hits for Chayanne, Azucar Moreno, Paulina Rubio, Thalia, etc.). "Con los anos que me quedan" starts the CD off with a powerfully emotional ballad about making the most of life, fitting for an artist who survived a near-fatal bus crash. "Mi tierra" is Estefano's tribute to Gloria's homeland, and it wisely addresses it from a nostalgic, rather than political, perspective. "Ayer" is a lovely piece by Juanito Marquez, with a gorgeous chorus like the gentle lapping of warm ocean waves. "Mi buen amor" is another gentle Estefano song, this time with a gorgeous flute accompaniment by Nestor Torres. "Tus ojos" is lively and dancey, co-written by Emilio, who is often the rhythm behind Gloria's melodies. "No hay mal que por bien no venga," written by Cachao, has some gorgeous vocals by Jon Secada as well as stirring strings and woodwinds. It sounds very big band. "Si senor!" is a fiesty, fiery "son" of a song, seemingly infused with "la aroma de albahaca y hierbabuena" of Cuba and the beautiful Cuban people. "Volveras" slows down the pace, giving Gloria an opportunity to torch it up a bit. Not one of my favourite songs on the CD, this piece is nonetheless a great showcase for Gloria's voice. "Montuno" is another irresistable "son," written by Marquez. "Hablemos el mismo idioma" and "Tradicion," both co-written by the Estefans and thus deeply personal, are completely infused with movement and joy. The former reminds me of "Oye mi canto" from "Cuts Both Ways." In between these lively songs, we have the slow, sultry "Hablas de mi," another perfect showcase for Gloria's range. "Tradicion" is a perfect song to end on, since it expresses the credo of the Estefans: to continue the musical traditions of their forebears--Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Israel Lopez Cachao, Arturo Sandoval, etc. This CD manages to mix these Cuban influences with the old crew from Miami Sound Machine, add some great songwriting, and it all amounts to one of the greatest Latin language CDs of our time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Spanish Lily
The lovely shot of Gloria your looking at is not misleading. The music inside is just as beautiful as the artist. Gloria has long used Spanish music to let her artistic soul flourish and this is her luxuriant masterpiece. This album is filled with beauty. If you love music and you want to hear the best of what it has to offer then this is a perfect place to start.

Once the beautiful "With the Years that I have Left" starts we are transported to an elegant and exotic club somewhere in South America. The glossy hardwood counters are polished to perfection and the cherry finish complements the sego palms nicely as wine glasses are filled with only the best.

Gloria's rich and emotional voice surrounds the room and is backed by a lush orchestra and breezy Spanish guitars. So great is this Spanish Lily we can feel Gloria moving around the room in this opulent club and smiling as she passes by our small table. The songs move from love of one's homeland to romantic love lost, waiting, and everything in-between.

Gloria fills this room with her magical phrasing of a beautiful language. We hear so many wonderful songs we dare not leave and miss a moment. There are songs of forgiveness and hope, and songs of true love and hanging on 'till the one lost to you returns. One song, the light and playful "Si Senor!", has a whole Andrew Sisters kind of sound and feel to it.

One of the prettier songs we hear before our time in this Spanish paradise is over is "Volveras" (You'll Be Back). Gloria knows the man she has given her heart to who now wants to foolishly leave her for another will be back because he can't erase her memory. But we know it's only a song. No one would be foolish enough to leave this Spanish flower.

The night is almost over and we must return to our hotel. But what we've seen and heard has enriched and expanded our world. We want to come back once in awhile to feel like this again. Lucky for us we own this little keepsake of our time with Gloria in Spanish paradise.... ... Read more


26. The Best Of: E Ritorno Da Te
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4-0 out of 5 stars Just right
I was a bit disappointed when I learned Laura's new album was going to be a greatest hits compilation. The two new songs meant that I would have to buy it, even if I have all her albums, plus imports! What makes the album worthwhile to an ardent fan are the re-recordings of her 93/94 hits, gracefully without the strained, untrained voice of a younger Laura. "Strani amori" is the most faithful to the original arrangement, while "Non c'è" and "Gente" are more upbeat--the former dancy, and the latter almost bossa nova--and "La solitudine" has a deep tone of melancholy aided by the desperate wail of the piano. Disappointing, though, is the duet on "Seamisai", where Gilberto Gil sounds like he hasn't learned how to sing. Look for the original, more emotional version on 1996's "Le cose che vivi" instead. The other hits are well-chosen, all even someone just being introduced to Laura Pausini will definitely enjoy. Daniel Nelgrado shows further songwriting dexterity on both "E ritorno da te" and "Una storia che vale," and Dado Parisini's rather complex arrangements make up for the elegant tunes. I hope this album will very well give Laura the further international break she rightfully deserves. A fine album, precisely encompassing nearly a decade's career of one of the best Italian singers around.

PS: "Dime", which is found only on the Spanish version, is pretty good as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five stars is'nt enough! Laura is the best!
This is one of the best albums I've ever heard! It's simply the best!
This is a collection of Lauras best songs. There is also two new songs, E RITORNO DA TE and UNA STORIA CHE VALE. Both songs are my favourites. I love all her songs. There is one song that I particulary like, it is TRA TE E IL MARE ( BETWEEN YOU AND THE SEA).
I love her voice, she sings with emotion.
Her very first songs, LA SOLITUDINE (LONELINESS), NON C'È ( NOT HERE), STRANI AMORI (STRANGE LOVES) and GENTE (PEOPLE) are GREAT!
Those songs are made in new versions, and the are REALY GREAT!
And the song SEAMISAI is also in a new version but now it is a duett with the brazilian singer Gilberto Gil.
Let's not forget the song ONE MORE TIME on the soundtrack for the movie MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE starring Kevin Costner. I love it!
I just want to say that this is one of the best albums ever!
Buy it!

1-0 out of 5 stars AWEFUL!!!!!!!
LAURA PAUSINI IS A HORRIBLE SINGER!!!!!
I MEAN REALLY!!!
IF YOU WANT REALLY BEAUTIFUL LYRICS ACCOMPANIED BY A BEAUTIFUL VOICE THEN GIORGIA IS YOUR ROUGHTE.
NOT TO MENTION THAT GIORGIA WRITE ALL OF HER OWN MATERIAL. LAURA CAN'T EVEN GET THAT RIGHT!!!
GOD WHAT A TERRIBLE VOICE!!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars So cheesy!
OK, I can admit the girl can sing, but as for WHAT she sings... I mean, the songs are so cheesy, and the music is so colurless...

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful...simply beautiful.
Laura Pausini has, without any doubt in my mind, the most extraordinarily beautiful singing voice I have ever heard. Even though I do not speak a word of Italian, she manages to perfectly convey the emotion of the song with the way in which she presents the words with her vocals. There have been times when, listening to her, I have been nearly moved to tears, which is something that never happens for me with any other singer out there. If you are a fan of Laura already, you probably know what I mean. If you have never heard her before, please buy this album. It is extraordinary. ... Read more


27. Seven
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Enrique Iglesias is very definitely a child of the 1980s, and his arena-rock aspirations are prominently displayed on 7. The Latin superstar's third English-language album is filled with fist-pumping choruses, crisp guitar riffs, and rock-tinged pop ditties destined to send fans into serious states of swooning. Aching love ballads occupied much of Iglesias' time on previous efforts, but those are kept to a minimum here. Even the first single, "Addicted," swells with a chorus that seems designed for maximum sing-along potential. Songs such as "The Way You Touch Me," "Break Me Shake Me," "Free," and "You Rock Me" shimmy and sparkle, anchored by Iglesias' ever-improving, always sexy vocal delivery. It makes for a vibrant mix of music, and it will be nearly impossible to resist singing along with more than a few of these gems even after one listen. Rock on. --Joey Guerra ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enrique and Seven
I am really blown away by Seven. Every album Enrique does you are never disappointed. I know fans this time were expecting something different from Enrique, although we really had no idea what to expect, it seemed details about this CD was really kept quiet, but from the first time I heard his first single Addicted, that was it I knew I was definately Addicted to Seven. Addicted was really different, a change from Enrique's previous music, and I always say Change is good, as long as the artist believes in the material being created, and once again, you can feel Enrique believes in his work. Starting with the first track on Seven "Not In Love", it totally catches you by surprise, and from the first note on "Not In Love" to the last note of "Adicto" you are hooked. Songs on this album are catchy, less popish, with an almost 80ish rock sound to them. They range from care free fun songs to songs with a deeper meaning to them. This album really has something I feel that will appeal to anyone. The whole album is really amazing, Say It and Wish You Were Here With Me are two very beautiful ballads. Be Yourself is another great song, has a lot of meaning to it. I just can't say enough Great things about Seven, once again Enrique has delivered an awesome album, with great music, and a whole new feel of songs. I would HIGHLY recommend this album to anyone. These songs from Seven are going to be amazing to see performed live. Thanks Enrique for another great album.

3-0 out of 5 stars "NOT IN LOVE" CD Single - Don't Count It As Anything Else!
"NOT IN LOVE" is the Best song from ENRIQUE's 7. I don't understand how he can go from beautiful music like "Bailamos" & "Love To See You Cry" to these songs. Big Dissapointment. "Addicted" is good, but I would listen to No.1 "Not In Love" - great, catchy track and then stop. It's not the same Latin Pop style anymore. I loved "Enrique" and liked "Escape". Hopefully, IGLESIAS will release "Not In Love" as a single, with cool Remixes, and then work on another English album soon!

2-0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but is Enrique stuck in 1989?!
I haven't heard the album, but I could tell from hearing the song Addicted. It sounded like an overwrought 1989 heavy metal band power ballad. Enrique just doesn't pull it off on this song. It doesn't match with the best of his songs either. I heard some of the other songs--it has that '80s feel, but he doesn't connect with the essence of that decade. Has Enrique run out of songs to write long after that Hero megasuccess? He needs to keep up on that pace rather than turn into some retro mode like he's doing now. I don't mind artists taking chances or risks, but don't sacrifice being in 2004 while your mind is stuck in a time warp doing this '80s retro thing. Sorry if I'm rough, but Enrique's idea for the Seven album just doesn't make sense.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enrique's SEVEN
Enrique's new album I have to say is one of my absolute favorite albums,I'm surprised that he didn't do that well this time around (sold 357,000 copies in us)Personaly I thought the single ADDICTED was great,My favorites on the album are SAY IT,CALIFORNIA CALLING,BREAK ME SHAKE ME,BE YOURSELF,ROAMER AND LIVE IT UP TONIGHT 10 out of 10.Over all the album is fun and a a great listen,it has an eighties feel to it and with the right singles would have sold better (I think).

5-0 out of 5 stars Pop perfection
Enrique's third English album can be summed up in one word. And that's brilliant. It doesn't get much better than this. It has an even amount of ballads and rock songs. The ballads are great for clearing your mind and just sitting around and thinking about life. Nothing depressing or suicidal. Which is good. And then the rock/dance tracks are even better. Everything blends perfectly with these songs. The music is catchy, the lyrics are tongue in cheek paradise, and Enriques voice shines. This is definitly a night time album to listen to while driving in your car. It has all the perfect ingriedients for a spectacular pop album. So if you're ever in a bad mood, this cd will cheer you up completly. I guarentee it. ... Read more


28. Eros [Italian Version]
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Eros marks a new chapter in the Italian singer and composer Eros Ramazzotti's ever-growing international career. Offering a wider spectrum of Ramazzotti's musicianship and the combination of well-crafted compositions and outstanding performances, the album is a great work of serious contemporary pop music. The CD covers different rhythmic feels, reaching its climax with "Le Cose Della Vita," a song that perfectly suits Ramazzotti's talent. His vocal style is one of the trademark qualities of the whole collection: a nasal, simply recognizable approach with a lot of intimacy and a great sense of expression that find its roots in the great tradition of the Italian bel canto. Eros offers the right balance between the important melodic Italian tradition and the complexity of today's international pop music. Truly one of the most important releases on today's European pop scene, ready to find its own place in the American market. --Ernesto De Pascale ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars superb !
If you like Italian singers (and I'm referring to that nasal pop sound so frequently heard in Italy), you'll love Eros. He's hard to beat. This fabulous singer/songwriter is simply one of the best in Europe, and the strength and emotion in his voice, as well as in his compositions, are something to experience.

The Highlights: The duets..."Música E" with Andrea Bocelli is a long (9.48 minutes) and beautifully melodic piece, unique and gorgeous. "Cosas de la Vida/Can't Stop Thinking of You" with Tina Turner is a knockout. They actually have very similar voices, which makes it a fascinating blend. Perhaps my favorite track of all is the jazzy "Memories", sung to a solo piano accompaniment (played by Celso Valli) and it's a gem. That last note is exquisite !

These 16 tracks last for nearly 77 minutes, so you get a lot of wonderful music for your $$, and like it says in the booklet, "Cuando las canciones nacen del corazón, permanecen en el tiempo". Yes, this is music that comes from the heart, and this CD is a classic for all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely his best album.
Eros Ramazzotti is the best-selling italian singer. During his career he had made several hits and had worked with singers like Tina Turner, Cher and Andrea Bocelli.
This cd conteins his biggest hits by 1997 when it was released.
Some of the biggest hits on this album are: "Terra promessa", "Adesso tu", "Ma che bello questo amore", Musica e" and "Piu bella cosa".
For this production Eros re-recorded his hits. "Musica e" was this time recorded next to Andrea Bocelli and "Cose della vita" with Tina Turner. The song is amazing. They rock together.
There's also a new song in this album that it's very good. I'm talking about "Quanto amore sei" (How much love you are).
The only advice I'm gonna give about this album is not to buy the Spanish version. The Italian is much better, even though Eros sings good in Spanish.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great overview of Eros' best through 1997. Flows perfectly
Although the Amazon.com review does a pretty good job of giving a broad overview of this release, I'll add my two cents to try and complement it. To me Eros was an acquired taste and sometimes I find that singers who at first don't necessarily call my name, wind up being among my favorites. Eros is certainly one of them.

I first heard heard of Eros when a friend of mine played the oh so cool "Cosas De La Vida," a perfect duet with Tina Turner. Not only do these two sound like they were made to sing together, but the arrangement is simply incredible. That song is so catchy on the strength of that single I decided to give this release a shot. Although I liked it the first time I heard it, I slowly began to love it as I began to appreciate the subtleties in Eros' voice. Although his nasal delivery is certainly instantly recognizable, he's got a great range and through this collection, particularly in "Memories" that he has an arsenal of melodic tools at his disposal.

Although Eros has not enjoyed much success in the US, he's a major star around the world. I hope that more people catch on to him as he is truly talented and his unique voice and ability to rock out and sings the sweetest songs makes him the real deal. It's worth noting that Eros sings in Spanish and Italian. Since I speak Spanish, I went for that version but if you speak Italian (or don't know Spanish) go for the Italian version it sounds even better. Although it's not explicit, this release is a greatest hits collection through 1997, so it really picks the nuggets from his releases through that year.

Not to take anything away from some of my Latin pop favorites like Luis Miguel, Alex Ubago, and David Bisbal just to name a few, Eros' voice really makes him stand out as soon as you hear them, whereas some of the most successful acts wind up sounding a little too similar to one another. I can't recommend this release enough and it easily earns its 5-stars. If you like Eros, you may want to give an artist named Nek a shot as he is another Italian singer who I really like. Like Eros, Nek sings in Spanish and Italian. I may have to learn Italian to really appreciate these guys as the words really do flow even better in their native tongues. Thanks for taking the time to read my review.

5-0 out of 5 stars EROS best album !!!
EROS wow...best album ever!!! i have all of them, really, even some in spanish and this is definitely the best ever although he has some great singles in the other cds, including Tutte Storie.
I recommend this cd to anyone, if you love the italian language and are a pop listener, could not ask for me. Best male italian pop singer with so much style. My best CD, no doubt about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eros
I absolutely LOVE this CD and play it over and over again. Just make sure you don't buy "Eros" and "Todo Historias" because most of the songs are the same and you'd miss his duet with Tina Turner - a voice perfectly suited to his. Hey, why can't we hear this stuff on the radio? ... Read more


29. The Black Light
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The perfect soundtrack for a summer roadtrip in an old car across Death Valley. Calexico's musical textures are woven out of a dazzling array of instruments and styles, including mariachi trumpets, countrified pedal steel, Latin jazz percussion, and carnival organ, just to name a few. The songs move at siesta speed, casually looping and loping along, never getting overheated. Bandmates Joey Burns and John Convertino have their hands in so many musical pies--including projects with OP8, Giant Sand, Victoria Williams, Giant Sand, and Richard Buckner--one wonders how they find the time to create the sun-soaked music of Calexico. But thank God they have. --Tod Nelson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sounds of the Desert and a Whole Lot More!
Hailing from the Sonora Desert in Arizona originally, Calexico sounds like home to me. Their intelligent use of a variety of styles paints an absolutely vivid mental picture of a land where "cool" is more than a state of mind, it's a way of life! The songs on The Black Light produce a remarkable amount of cohesion, from little vignettes to songs like "Frontera" and "Gypsy's Curse," which are soundtrack ready for any movie dealing with the enchantment of the desert. "Chach" and "Minas de Cobre" are my current favorites on the record, although this changes every dozen listens or so. The combination of Mariachi, country, rock'n'roll, surf, etc. leads to an amazing sound that needs to be experienced for full understanding. Even tunes like "Old Man Waltz," which sounds as though it should be in some Italian minstrel performance, display a unique vision among the two guys that are Calexico. For further listening enjoyment, check out their first record or the two records from the Friends of Dean Martinez, the band that spawned Calexico. Overall, one of the best records of the year, even if you don't find it on any magazine lists or award shows!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introspective Tex-Mex inspired Americana
...and the vocals are a perfect fit with the mood and approach of the music.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great instrumentals, poor vocals
Almost made it on this one, but someone decided to add vocals. Be aware that the samples provided on Amazon do NOT include any of the vocals in the songs; I was misled to thinking that Calexico did only instrumentals.

Great music -- an excellent mix of styles, notably border music, folk, blues, jazz, and rock. The instrumentals are inspiring, creative, and well executed, but the vocals... Well, they just don't cut it. Joey Burns treads a tentative line between spoken word and singing, and does neither well at all. The mood is shattered, if not violated, on each vocal addition to what could have been sublime instrumental tracks.

Joey, stick to your strings and keyboards and keep your pie hole shut for the next one. You offer a lot, but you can't do it all, and this album proves it. As Zappa once said, "Shut up and play yer guitar."

5-0 out of 5 stars The best album I've heard for a long time
Alternative country in its best!
Calexico made a damn good album. The music includes western, Mexican and gipsy themes, and combines them well with humor and grace.
A "must have" for every music lover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Emotionally expressive Americana.....
A huge surprise this one...having never heard their songs before, I was excepting something along the lines of an accomplished Alternative Country act, but I was seriously impressed by how much more versatile they are. More of an 'Americana' band that mix the more subtle delicate side of indie rock, borne out with acoustic guitar, Piano, accordion, Percussion and a healthy dose of Trumpet & Violin....they consist around mostly harmonious instrumental tracks, with several vocals tracks "The Ride Pt II / Missing / Trigger" after every 3-4 instrumental tracks. But focusing on their instrumental tracks "Gypsy's Curse" is a lap steel pedal driven spaghetti western composition, to rank amongst the finest in the field. And as if they wasn't enough, they firmly encroach on "The Gotan Project" territory will their beautifully elegant "Minas de Cobre (For Better Metal)" elevating them to proprietors of wonderfully emotional music. ... Read more


30. Next Stop Wonderland: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture
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The fear of loneliness, a hope for romance, the occasional pang of moody nostalgia--it's all found in the light romance of Next Stop Wonderland. But few of Wonderland's plot devices work quite as convincingly at portraying these themes as the movie's soundtrack. Filled with the classic sounds of bossa nova and samba, these songs ooze with the melancholy found in the movie. There's a lot of great stuff here: classic Astrud Gilberto, Coleman Hawkins, Marcus Valle, new interpretations of Jobim. But the unexpected highlight is the original score: Claudio Ragazzi backed by the smooth-as-flan vocals of avant-jazz-guitarist-gone-Jobim-freak Arto Lindsay. Their trio of bossa-nova inspired collaborations sounds as sweet and timeless as the classic originals here. In all, it's one of the best soundtrack collections of 1998, and one you'll be listening to long after you've forgotten its sorta-like-Sleepless in Seattle film counterpart. --Jason Verlinde ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful varied music yet with the same sensuous undertones
I bought this CD to add to my collection of Bossa Nova/Jazz/Portuguese and being a fan of Jobim thought "well at least" but to my surprise this CD delivers! It was more than expected. One can totally enjoy this alone, with a close friend or group gathering. Yes we have heard some of these arrangements before performed and well known like 'Girl From Ipanema' 'Desafinado' 'Triste' and 'One Note Samba' but they are so well done here and with such smooth sensuous flavor you won't miss what your ear isn't hearing... This week I finally saw the Movie, now I appreciate the CD so much more. The movie maybe low keyed, yes but alot is being said here! Seeing the Movie can only increase your listening pleasure and...ahhh the sights and sounds of...Brasil? Well not only,(just BEFORE 'Medfud' kidding aside) New England is full of the wonderful Portuguese and there also this Movie is filmed. Getting this CD you won't be sorry...

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Bossa Nova Soundtrack + another recommendation
I wrote a review of this a few years ago, and like another reviewer, still love this CD. I recommend it to people in music stores all the time since usually, if someone is in the Brazil section they ask me about the movie and I then have to point them to the soundtrack.

Also, the Sarah Vaugh version of Wave is not on this cd, but the original Antonio Carlos Jobim version is. What is special about this CD is that it includes many of the older tracks of Bossa Nova and has an original score which defines that moment in time in Boston and the movie. Rarely do you find a soundtrack that so matches the feel of a movie like this. Bebel Gilberto gets her first "real" notice from this album, in fact, redoing versions of songs from her father, Joao, and a wonderful acoustic remake of "Uma Nota So" and "The Girl From Ipanema". A year later, Bebel Gilberto was featured in "Brasil 2Mil" compilation and then in 2000, released her own feature release "Tanto Tempo".

This is an exceptional soundtrack which will not disappoint. If you enjoy Airto Lindsey's or Claudio Ragazzi's music, or simply love the sounds of the old Bossa Nova era you will enjoy this CD.

ALSO - If you have this soundtrack and are looking for something similar, look into the soundtrack of the movie "Bossa Nova". The movie itself is based in Brazil and this soundtrack is in the same mold really - featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent compilation
I've never seen the movie, so I don't know how well the music is integrated in the film, but the music itself is quite superb. It presents a pretty even mixture of new and old Brazillian music. The best song, in my opinion, is "Batucada" sung by Babel Gilberto and Vinicius Cantuaria - his voice is like silk. This song is worth the CD alone. The percussion is excellent. You also get a lot of music on this CD. If you're looking for a primer on Bossa Nova this is a good selection.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This movie introduced me to Bossa Nova. Ever since, I have been in love with the genre. I could never get sick of it. I love listening to it on Sunday mornings while I read the paper. It makes me miss Boston.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes Diane, thats right...
I like this CD too, Diana. How sad that you don't share the Music with me. ... Read more


31. Pies Descalzos
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The title of Shakira's breakthrough 1996 album translates to "naked feet," which somehow captures the combination of playfulness and earnestness that marks the music. Recorded when she was 18, Pies Descalzos finds the Colombian singer-songwriter striving to find her own style. The disc moves through dance pop and dance-hall-lite before landing on a convincing-enough guitar-rock amalgam. It's a likable record, but Shakira seemed to acknowledge its weaknesses when she chose only one of its songs for inclusion on the later (and much superior) MTV Unplugged. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars SHAKIRA'S "PIES DESCALZOS" ROCKS!!!!!!!!
"Pies Descalzos" was really a great discovery for me. At the time this album was released and was selling like crazy, to tell you the truth, did not know or care who Shakira was. I thought she was just a regular out-of-the-oridnary artist. Even after I became more familiar with her I found myself not liking her music! YES ITS TURE! Eventually I found myself liking her music, A LOT!

"Pies Descalzos" is a really unique album. It opens with two of my favorite Shakira songs "Estoy Aqui" and "Antologia". I think the album is light on variety. Like on the Selena album "Amor Prohibido", for example you would be able to find a Mariachi song, a rock song and a Tejano Song all on the same CD along with many other styles. But then again, Shakira is not Selena, she is Shakira and this style works best for her. The biggest change of music on this album would most definatley was "Donde Estas Corazon" which is a delight to listen to.

While "Pies Descalzos" is a great CD, Shakira would soon release even-greater music with "Donde Estan Los Ladrones?".

5-0 out of 5 stars Es un disco increíble; imperdible.
Shakira es definitivamente una de las mejores, y me animo a decir que la mejor artista femenina en su genero. Su muúsica es atrapante e intensa, y sus letras son increíblemente profundas. Tiene canciones rockeras y tambien baladas, que estan muy bien elaboradas. Esta artista, a pesar de su juventud, ha demostrado un gran profesionalismo con este disco, y tambien se ve que es una persona que sabe expresar muy bien sus sentimientos. Este es un disco que contiene canciones como "estoy aqui", "un poco de amor", "pies descalzos, sueños blancos", "se quiere, se mata", que no pueden dejar de escucharse. Si eres un fan de la música rock-pop, este es un album que no puedes dejar pasar. Definitivamente se va a convertir en uno de los clásicos de la música en español de los noventas.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD CD.
I just want to say that this CD is so great and unique.
"Dónde estás corazón", "Quiero" & "Un poco de amor" are great!
A very good CD, HIGHLY RECOMENDED

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS CD IS A POEM...
Best Shakira's Album EVER, the lyrics are very deep and the music wouldn't be better... If you think that Laundry Service is good, just get her first album... you will love it and maybe you will start to forget the last album.

This is my TOP 5 Shakira's Album:

5. The Remixes 3.8/5.0
(good remix version of the first album but only 4 different songs)
5. Laundry Service 4.0/5.0
(very commercial, nice arrangements, Lyrics are totally uninspired)
3. Donde Estan Los Ladrones? 4.5/5.0
(excellent lyrics, keeps the soul of her debut album)
2. Shakira: MTV Unplugged 4.8/5.0
(Thousand times better than most of Unplugged sessions by MTV. Only comparable to Nirvana and 10000 Maniacs Unplugged (Natalie Merchant).
1. Pies Descalzos 5.1/5.0
(Inspiration at her 110%, the real songwriter and permormer)

5-0 out of 5 stars THE SHAKIRA THAT I MISS!!!
I miss the old Shakira, she used to be original and fresh. since her english debut and her "blond" hair is not the same anymore. I hope she release another great album like this one. ... Read more


32. J.Lo
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4-0 out of 5 stars A bit of a filler, but don't get me wrong, most of its good.
A lot of people criticise this album for having too many songs that aren't worth the money. I agree, but not on such a massive scale. Most of this album it's fine (mostly the first half) songs like 'Love Don't Cost A Thing' and 'Ain't It Funny' stick out as being the major smashes on the album, with their catchy lyrics and heavy beats, but don't overlook the rest of the album. Songs like 'Carino', 'Play' and 'That's Not Me' also have their moments, but mostly suffice as background music. A few of the songs on this album should have been overlooked completely (I'll let you decide them for yourself) but if you check out the last part of the album you'll find some slow and sexy jams like 'Come Over' which is my faivorite songs on the album, as it displays J Lo's true vocal talent. I also like the Murder Remix of I'm Real with Ja Rule because you can hear the Ja Rule touch through the song. Overall, try it out before you criticise it, and if at first you don't succeed, dust the album off and try again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Triple Threat
Jennifer Lopez or J.Lo is one of the few performers who can sing, act, and dance. With This Album J.Lo she demonstrates that. The extra track (I'm Real Remix) is a great song, but not the best on the album. Some people might be saying that she can't sing, but for this type of materiel, she doesn't need great vocal cords.

1 (Lowest) 10 (Highest)

1. Love Don't Cost A Thing- 8. Great Song, But you get sick of hearing it after a while.

2. I'm Real- 9. "I'm Real, What You Get Is What You See" Sings J.Lo. Features A Cameo from her ex P.Diddy. He Sings "She's A Bad Bad Bit**"

3. Play- 9. A Great Dance Track. "DJ Just Play That Song" The Only Problem is that it could have been longer. This song is just 3min 33seconds. For This type of thing, it needs to be longer to get the feeling.

4. Walking on Sunshine- 10. My Favorite track on the album. If this song is ever released it will be a great Club Song.

5. Ain't It Funny. 9.5- This will be her next single. She Wrote this song for the movie "The Wedding Planer".

6. Carino- 9. Great Salsa Song. It Brings back J.Lo's Roots. A Live Salsa dand played on it.

7. Come Over- 4. This is J.Lo's favorite song on her album, BUT NOT MINE! If you have weak vocals (Like HEr) You shouldn't let people know. That is exactly what she did in this track.

8. We Gotta Talk- 8. A Catchy dance song.

9. That's Not Me- 10. A Great Hip-Hop Song. Produced By Sean Combs.

10. Dance With Me- 10. You will do exactly what this song tells you when you hear it.

11. Secretly- 4. SEE COme OVER!

16. I'm Real (REMIX)- 10. Better then the original!

J.LO HAS SOLD OVER 5 MILLION ALBUMS!

1-0 out of 5 stars This is a total let down
If you are a person who thinks that they will like this cd. think again because i did the same thing and i did not like it abit. The only decent song is play. This song should say that it features christina milian. The rest of the songs are annoying. Jennifer lopez proves everyone that she is no better a songwriter than she is a singer, for example:

come over - This showcases jennifers lack in talent and songwriting skills. Her vocals are lacking quality, and style.
carino - In this song she only sings the verses (which she does in 90 percent of all the songs on the album, such as play, and aint it funny)

Jennifer lacks in telling us that it is christina milan singing in the chorus of play. I think that this album stinks. Dont buy this album. Jennifer hardly even sings in any of the songs. I think that jennifer is annoying.

5-0 out of 5 stars J.Lo
Love Don't Cost A Thing - One of the best tracks of the album, love the beat and the lyric is good too! (5/5)

I'm Real - The videoclip is very good, too bad the dancebreak isn't included in the mp3. (4/5)

Play - First I didn't like this song, but now I do. However, it is't J.Lo's best song! (3,5/5)

Walking On Sunshine - Good summer song! Nothing to say about it (3,5/4)

Ain't It Funny - The BEST track of the whole album. The lyric, music, voice..everything is good! (5/5)

Cariño - Catchy song, love the beat! (4/5)

Come Over - I don't prefer this song. It's boring..(3/5)

We Gotta Talk - I love this song! But the album has better ones. (3,5/5)

That's Not Me - Her voice is GREAT here. I also like the lyric (4,5/5)

Dance With Me - I don't prefer this song, there are better dance songs! (3/5)

I'm Gonna Be Alright - Good song, but the trackmasters remixes with 50 and Nas are better (4,5/5)

Secretly - The worst track on the album! (1,5/5)

That's The Way - Good song :)..one of my favourites! (4/5)

Dame - Love her latin songs! (4,5/5)

Si Ya Se Acabo - See above (4,5/5)

I'm Real (Murder Remix) - Next to AIF this song is also the BEST ! (5/5)

However not all the songs are 5 stars I give the whole album 5 stars :)! It's her best ever!

1-0 out of 5 stars It's a sad world
It's a sad world. I noticed the people who are fans of her pathetic acting in movies like her Cd's too which happens to be the spanish population. Let's face it she can't sing. Whitney Houston in prime could do everything right, J. Lopez can't at all wheather acting or singing. ... Read more


33. J to tha L-O! The Remixes
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Unlike most single-artist remix albums, J to tha L-O! actually has a purpose beyond raking in cash from fans. The best of these cuts brings much-needed weight to the often-weak writing, vocals, and production that mar Jennifer Lopez's two previous multiplatinum albums. The prize, of course, is her duet with Ja Rule on "I'm Real," but the other highlights (a Rodney Jerkins reworking of his own "If You Had My Love," P. Diddy's "Feelin' So Good") follow along similar hip-hop/R&B lines. Her stabs at street cred aren't always as successful; the 12-letter curse she employs on the Sack International Remix of "Play" is a good deal less than convincing. Generic house rhythms don't do anything for "Let's Get Loud" and "Walking on Sunshine." Finally, the new, tacked-on ballad "Alive," cowritten by the superstar, begins like "I Honestly Love You" but quickly proves itself a new "Greatest Love of All," filled with blind self-love. It's hard to tell if there's even anyone else in the room, or if she's just singing to a mirror. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Remix CD - J.LO's Best
AWESOME CD! Here's some individual reviews of the songs:

1 Love Don't Cost A Thing [RJ Schoolyard Mix feat. Fat Joe] 5/5 Great remix, seems similar to the original, but a little more uptempo & one of the best on the disc. A great dance tune!
2 Ain't It Funny [Murder Remix feat. Ja Rule & Caddilac Tah]5/5 Awesome again, Ja Rule really isn't a favorite of mine but here's an exception! Great lyrics.
3 I'm Gonna Be Alright [Trackmasters Remix] 3/5 Never liked this song, even in the original.
4 I'm Real [Murder Remix feat. Ja Rule] 5/5 Great song again!! This is really a nice song to groove along to.
5 Walking On Sunshine [Metro Remix] 4/5 This is an OK song, seems so similar to the album version though.
6 If You Had My Love [Dark Child Master Mix] 3/5 ehhhhh. I hate this song. I really wasnt a fan of her first album songs.
7 Feelin' So Good [Bad Boy Remix feat. P. Diddy & G. Dep] 4/5 This is nice, but this isnt a great song either.
8 Let's Get Loud [Pablo Flores Remix] 3/5 I sorta hate this song but its ok to listen to every once & a while
9 Play [Sack International Remix] 5/5 Love this one! It is awesome! Loved the original too!
10 Waiting For Tonight [Hex's Momentus Radio Mix] 5/5 This is a classic. It'll be played for years & years & years.
11 Alive 5/5 I have to say i never knew Cris Judd could songwrite? A beautiful ballad, in the movie Enough.

BUY THIS!

5-0 out of 5 stars Get the party started!!!!!!!!!!
I just purchased the cd and I was very pleased to find a lot of the remixes that I found on the different cd maxi singles that J.Lo has released. It's a great collection that just makes us start the party! She has added also a couple of surprises like the never heard before remix of "I'm gonna be alright" and "Walking on sunshine", and her new song "Alive" which she wrote, is the last track and fits well as the only ballad to coolout after the great remixes. Great and popular are her collaborations with Ja Rule, the already favorite "I'm real" and the new catchy "Ain't it funny" these two sound awsome! Other high points are her classic dance Hex Hector remix of "Waiting for tonight" and the Darkchild mix of "If you had my love". You will also enjoy the cool version with colaborations of "Love don't cost a thing" and "Feeling so good". For the club fans check out club remixes of "Play" and "Let's get loud"
Way to go J.LO...

5-0 out of 5 stars the best selling remix album ever
Need I to say more? No matter how you feel about Jennifer, this is totally a great album, a collectin of great remixes, at which Jennifer was always good, usually remixes sound way worse that the originals, well not in this case. If you like the original of the songs, you just have to have this album, you'll just enjoy every second of it!@

2-0 out of 5 stars J.Lo Does Do It All,She Just Sucks At All Of It!
Ok,I admit it.There was once a time in my life that I (sigh) liked Jennifer Lopez(not J.Lo!)!But it was before she got really famous and became a sell-out and changed her name to the dreadingly annoying "J.Lo",so then I just started hating her like everyone else.Anyway...back to the review.This album,with stupid lyrics,weak producing,terrible vocals,and horrible guest appearances,is very useful evidence that J.Lo is just a talentless phase,as harsh as that sounds.This is album isn't a complete disaster,though,1 or 2 of the DANCE songs are worth listening to,these two being the "Walking On Sunshine" Remix that has an infectious latin/dance beat to it,and "Waiting For Tonight",which is almost as good as the original.Oh,and there is the only J.Lo song people are not embaressed to like,"If You Had My Love",and the remix is almost as good as the original.But,unfortunately,the rest of the album is just a formulaic pointless with,like I said,horrible guest appearances,especially the ones with Ja Rule(the obnoxious "Ain't It Funny" remix,the ironically fake "I'm Real" remix).And the remix of "I'm Gonna Be Alright" featuring incessantly mumbling rapper 50 Cent is the biggest sleeper of the bunch.And the lyrics:pointless,even when J.Lo is trying to sound serious.What I'm talking about is the biggest travesty in ballad history "Alive,where J.Lo tries to sing good.I know you're laughing,so I'll just give you a few seconds and let you catch your breath.........Ok,time is up.Anyway,J.Lo's singing sounds a little bit worse than the American idol rejects on "Alive",and that is just an understament!Another song that is just a waste of time is "Play",which definitely ranks as one of the stupidest and most idiotic songs in music history!And about the producing.Does J.Lo do this whole thing on a Play Skool music product?This producing is so shoddy,you really do wonder why J.Lo even is famous,especially in the atrocious "Let's Get Loud",which is almost as korny as the original!

The Verdict:Just Stop It,J.Lo.Stop It Before You Become One Of The Worst Artists In History.Please!

Recommended:No

4-0 out of 5 stars j to the l o hello
love dont cost a thing: good work out song..aint it funny: not a big fan of this song (pretty dull)..im real is cool but the original is more happy..play has always had a weird sound to it..waiting for tonight is hard to follow the original is way better..walking on sunshine is nice and touching..feelin so good sounds stupid..and finally if you had my love is hott..i love the music and tupac has this kinda rhythm in his first words to my newborn or letter to my unborn song in outlaws album..but yeah jlo should have done a creative cover for this album like a fresh new look instead of clips of her videos. ... Read more


34. This Is Me...Then
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Between her first and second albums, Jennifer Lopez moved from sharp hip-hop to a slicker sound that captured the sass and heat of the streets, thanks mainly to the production acumen of her erstwhile boyfriend Sean "Puffy" Combs. On her third album, This Is Me ... Then, Lopez shows she's just as facile as her ex in changing names as well as musical personas. She abandons the impish J-Lo moniker for a more benign, and less interesting, Jenny, who makes an appearance on "Jenny from the Block." Here, Lopez insists she is still the same down-to-earth girl who emerged from the Bronx a decade before mega-stardom hit: "I used to have a little/ Now I have a lot," she chirps before cautioning, "Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got/ I'm still Jenny from the block." The claim stretches credibility given her well-documented status as a diva, but "Jenny" shows more pizzazz and humor on the album than anything else, except for her saucy duet with LL Cool J on "All I Have." Elsewhere, the album--which includes nine songs cowritten by Lopez--serves up a recycled paean to '70s soul, an anemic cover of Carly Simon's vituperative "You Belong to Me," and cloying ballads inspired by her new fiancé, actor Ben Affleck. Lopez dedicated the disc to the actor and includes a far-too-personal and gooey love song to him titled "Dear Ben." In it, she declares: "You'll always be my lust, my love, my man, my child, my friend and my king." There's plenty of love here, but what's missing is the verve and crackle of Lopez's earlier stuff. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "I'm Glad" I bought J-Lo's New CD!
J-Lo's last album was pretty good but a little on the weak side (which is the reason for all the remixes with Ja Rule). Her latest CD is a bit of a change from her usual stuff. This disc has J-Lo ditching the dance/pop/latin vibe that were dominant in her earlier works and focuses more on the R&B/Hip-Hop that she is known for now. The disc starts of strong with "Still", a soulful proclaimation of love, which continues through the next three songs. The album hits a low point on "Dear Ben", which is obviously about her soon to be husband Ben Affleck. The song has Lopez cooing about Affleck to a slow R&B beat, which could make you sick or sleepy, which ever comes first! "Jenny From The Block" continues where "I'm Real" left off with J-Lo sampling a classic hip-hop track and preaching about how down to earth she is. The message within the song is totally fake considering her "diva" status, but it is no doubt a great song that has had a lot of well deserved success. Another high point on this album is J-Lo's duet with LL Cool J on "All I Have" and the beautiful ballad "Again", the first became her fourth #1 hit on the charts. The worst track on this CD is "You Belong To Me", a cover of a Carly Simon song that Lopez cannot pull off! The song is simply annoying, skip at all cost! J-Lo's new single "Baby I Love You", also featured in "Gigli", is one of the best songs on the album! It's a shame that it's not getting played on radio and people are dissing it because "Gigli" bombed, it's a really great song. The CD also contains bonus material like a photo gallery, a live performance of "Jenny From The Block" and an interview with J-Lo with more to come, which can be accessed through jenniferlopez.com. All in all this is the most satisfying release from Jennifer Lopez and is definately worth a listen!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amasterpiece!!!!
This is a very special album, it's totally different from J.LO
and ON THE 6. The album don't has hits like her others albums,
it's including a personal songs that not supposed to be hits, jennifer wrote all the song from her hurt and this is very special album!
it is recommended to hear the album in the bad and concentrate the song's words!

5-0 out of 5 stars This Is Me...Then
This Is Me...Then~ Jennifer Lopez is a very good album, with nice grooves, nice beats and a singer to kill for. Miss Lopez is sizzling and mighty hot. Awesome album. 5/5.

1-0 out of 5 stars IT'S CORN & ONIONS
Nothing more than corn & onions, folks. I suggest you save your money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disgusting, irratating and oh well I have to say anymore!
Oh Dear,
Do we have a ridiculous looser in our midst, perhaps I msut be dreaming seeing her on TV nearly a whole time. Anyway, this Album is so sucky. I hate it and it doesn't even suit her voice anyway. Plus she can't even sing like Britney. How can you people call her a "singer"?. What? Just because of her nice butt?! Oh please! she may look nice but her singing is crap. TOTAL GARBAGE!!! I Tell you. The only songs I actually liked was "jenny from the block" and "still". I have to give her some credit though. Not everyone that loves someone would actually write a whole album for their beloved. I just think she would come up with a more worth while album rather than an all night haunting spree. Better try next time Jenny. I "still" think you can do better!!! ... Read more


35. Enrique
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Months before this major-label debut appeared, Enrique Iglesias scored a radio hit with the upbeat "Bailamos," thanks to its inclusion on the soundtrack of Wild Wild West. Enrique's bid to firmly place the son of Julio in the mainstream pop firmament leads off with another midtempo dance-pop airwaves candidate, "Rhythm Divine." The track is typical of the rest that follow: highly wrought emotion recalled in a bed of glossy production that uses Latin syncopation as a reminder of the singer's roots while resolutely aiming for chart supremacy next to the likes of Celine Dion. Filled with pop romanticism--a duet with Whitney Houston, a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Sad Eyes," and proclamations on the order of "I've seen the sun make love to the sea"--Enrique is easy enough on the ears, and looks like a surefire hit. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars wall of sound review
Wall of Sound Review In a pop world increasingly dotted with progeny following in their parents' footsteps, Enrique Iglesias' lineage definitely can't be considered an advantage. After all, even as hip as anything Latin is in the pop realm these days, Julio Iglesias is, well, not. Besides, Enrique - who's already an established international star in his own right - is leaving the old man in the dust thanks to "Bailamos," his No. 1 hit from the Wild Wild West soundtrack, and "Rhythm Divine," the percolating lead single from Enrique, his first English album. The younger Iglesias, in fact, may well be the crucial performer to ensure that Latin music's new pop presence isn't merely a flavor of '99 that starts and ends with Ricky Martin.

In many ways, Enrique is even better than Martin's own chart-topping English-language debut, with a depth and richness of songcraft (he wrote five of the 10 tunes) that goes beyond "Livin' La Vida Loca" and shaking your bon-bon. "Rhythm Divine," "Bailamos," "Alabao," and "Oyeme" work just fine for the dance floors (and the bon-bons), while gentler, Spanish guitar-dominated songs such as "I've Always Loved You," "I'm Your Man," and "Could I Have This Kiss Forever," Iglesias' well-met duet with Whitney Houston, are convincingly romantic and neither contrived nor overdone. And his sweetly delivered rendition of the Bruce Springsteen rarity "Sad Eyes" proves Iglesias a bold, capable interpreter and song stylist.

Three of the songs - "Rhythm Divine," "Sad Eyes," and "I'm Your Man" - are reprised in Spanish, but the triumph of Enrique is that Iglesias has made an album that should allow him to make the U.S. another notch on his belt of global conquests.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enrique du Fantastique!
This CD caught be completely off guard when i first listened to it. "ENRIQUE" is the self titled album from this young dynamic latino sensation. This is his forth and perhaps his most impressive release to date. Leaving the good looks and charisma aside, this album is evidence that this exciting young performer is more than just a pretty face. In fact, this guy is major talent!

In this album, Enrique demonstrates his maturity and versatlity well beyond his youth. This album has a quality that very few albums have, that is originality and the courage to experiment with different musical styles. He doesn't just adhere to his latin roots, but ventures into pop, rock and ballads with a new found confidence and inspiration under his belt. His mezmerizing vocals are an extension of his soul and what he's feeling deep down inside. This wonderful and emotional voice quivers like the wings of a moth in the fire and trembles like a falling leaf in the wind. This passion and exuberance flow right through the album from start to finish with honesty and an unpretetious quality that is un-matched by any other artist today.

'Rhythm Divine' is just that - Divine Rhythm that captures your soul and takes your cares away. The frank and sexy lyrics in 'Oyeme' and 'Alabao' will take your breath away and leave you wanting more. More is what you get, with tracks like 'Be with you' and 'Bailamos' which are just fantastic with an up-beat tempo best described as pop with a spanish/latin sound. A surprizing departure from his usual is the cover of Bruce Springteen's 'Sad Eyes', which he does so brilliantly(almost passes for Chris Isaak). Other winners in this bunch include the pop ballads 'I'm your man' and 'You're my No. #1'.

"Enrique" the album is also laced with some of musics' hottest stars. Included in the guestlist are Diane Warren, David Foster, Whitney Houston and Patrick Leonard. However, even the best producers and composers can only do so much, and in this case, the major success of this stunning album lies in the hands of the singer and writer, whose talant, passion and relentless drive for perfection has only produced one of the best releases of the year.

Like all other albums from Enrique, this one's unpretentious and comes straight from the heart.

5 Stars for a class act!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great cd
This CD is really great I listen to it all the time and would definatley recommend it. The lyrics to the songs are beautifully written and are really passionate. My particular fave is the "Could I have this kiss forever" sang with Whitney Huston. It is a powerful song which is really touching. I also like "Rhythm Divne" and "Be with you" which are really catchy and very passionate.

4-0 out of 5 stars His best album
I like Enrique Iglesias'album. Very smooth and breezy pop. I like the Mark Taylor/Brian Rawling songs that dominate the album and their rumbling sounds. Be With You sounds a little like Cher's own Believe, but Enrique tries to be different. I really like Sad Eyes--there's no doubt that Bruce Springteen is his idol, because he really pulls it off in the rock direction of this song. While I like Bailamos (and I hated it when William Hung screwed up that song by singing it), it's no contest to the rest of the album and very smartly done songs. The duet he did with Whitney Houston sounded fabulous--they blended well together. This is his best album--his later ones are no contest to this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enrique
Enrique, Enrique...you never fail to disappoint your fans. For such a young artist, one would expect you to only get better, but judging by two CD's that I now own, I don't see how that could be...You're the best! I will definitely own "all" albums of this talented singer. ... Read more


36. Mis Mejores Canciones-19 Super
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5-0 out of 5 stars In the Mood for Nat
This is great stuff. He does mangle the Spanish language, but even that seems appropriate considering when the recordings were made. The engineers did a great job capturing the acoustic instruments and the vocals. Reminds me of the high fidelity recordings by Esquivel that you can get on CD today.

Perfect background for an outdoor summer drinks party.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soft, suave and Spanish Nat King Cole
Unlike most of the other reviewers of this disc who came by way of exposure to "In The Mood For Love" I can actually remember listening to these songs as a child. I was thrilled to see this compilation of Spanish songs featuring the underappreciated song stylings of Nat King Cole. He had a voice for the ages.This disc is based on two recordings on Capital that he did in Spanish. The superb recording and superior "Cole Espanol" was the first of two efforts and included some of the best offerings on the disc including "Quizas, Quizas,Quizas" where Cole croons at his best and in pretty good phrasing for a non-Spanish speaker, "Las Mananitas"(Mexican birthday song) and the tribute to the revolutionary, women soldiers of 1911 war torn Mexico, entitled "Adelita,"in which he is accompanied by mariachis for an authentic interpretation, "Acercate Mas" where he is accompanied by the Rivero Quartet, the unforgetable composition by Agustin Lara, "Noche de Ronda" where the marimabas chime in softly with the background chorus adding to the fine textures and 50's cha-cha- cha dance numbers like "Cachito" and "El Bodeguero."The original recordings mentioned were recorded in Havana, Cuba under one of the leading conductors in Cuba, Armando Romeau Jr. The result is a polished professional eclectic mix of Spanish songs reflecting the diversity of Latinos with songs from Mexico and South America. The orchestration and background vocals work wonderfully with the smooth voice of Nat King Cole. I would highly recommend his disc to those that like Nat King Cole and want to experience another view of this multi-facteted and talented musician or those that like nostalgia or romantic songs in Spanish. Whether your memories ae 50's backyard bbq's while your parents chuckled over the novelty of Nat in Espanol or the tenderness of his voice in the film you will not be dissapointed by this collection. You will probably use it as part of the soundtrack to your new memories for another generation. The only downer about this disc is the packaging, it is void of any information except the obligatory song titles and composers. Get this disc for another portrait of Nat King Cole that transcends international boundaries.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ay, Cosita Linda!
This is just wonderful. Although Nat King Cole's accent in Spanish leaves something to be desired, he is such a wonderful singer that I can overlook this. His rendition of "Ay cosita linda" makes me want to get up and dance! A beautiful and varied selection of Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican music. The backup vocals are good -- and in unaccented Spanish. Every song is beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars TAKE IT ON HOLIDAY
Take it on holiday - get in the mood - sing along! All velvety and sophisticated as you would expect with good arrangements.

You'll hear the same songs being played in some of the Spanish bars (go on impress the locals!) and you'll recognise English versions of others. Pretty simplistic Spanish accent, but its a delight.

Comadreja que cantar (that means Singing Weasel) - oh come on, get in the groove!!

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful summer evening experience
I bought this after seeing In the Mood for Love but before the soundtrack had come out. I'm so glad I took a chance on it. Not only does it have Cole's songs from that film, but many others, some just as good. His voice is as silky smooth and romantic as ever, but listening to him in Spanish (for someone like me who doesn't know the language) is a wonderful way to focus on the pure musicality of Nat King Cole and his orchestra. The sound quality on this 1993 is just fine, as lush as it ought to be. It's worth having just to hear a different side of Nat King Cole aside from the obvious hits you usually hear. ... Read more


37. Dreaming of You
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Released three months after her murder in 1995, Dreaming of You introduced the Tejano queen to the mainstream pop audience. Four new tunes recorded with producers Keith Thomas and Guy Roche envisioned Selena as a dance-pop diva similar to Janet Jackson or Mariah Carey, but with a Latin twist. Far more arresting are the two classic mariachi numbers and a bilingual duet with David Byrne recorded for the movie Don Juan DeMarco, in which Selena had a bit part. The contrast between her passionate invitation to "come dance with me" and Byrne's nerdy white-guy delivery indicated her wide-open creative potential. The rest of the album consists of remixes of Selena's Latin-pop hits, including a masterful version of "Techno Cumbia" that bring out the hip-hop and reggae flavors in the groove. The tragedy was that such a promising introduction also served as a sad farewell. --Rick Mitchell ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Legacy of a Great Star Of latin music
A few months ago I bought this album and what can I say it's very terrific. I first heard of Selena from my grandmother who loved Selena and I often listened to this album to improve my Spanish and now I know some of Selena's songs in Spanish. Dreaming of you is a wonderful collection of hits from the late Latin Diva. There are three English songs I could fall in love captive heart and i'm getting used to you that were originally supposed to be on Selena's first English album on SBK records that she recorded before her farewell. There is also wherever you are a English version of her Spanish hit Dondequera Que Estes and features Latin pop sensations Barrio Boyzz. Also featured is a new version of Missing My Baby which features Full Force {of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam fame} God's Child {Baila Commigo} which features Selena dueting with rock singer David Byrne and A boy like that from the West Side Story { the new version} Soundtrack. Last but not least is the Disneyish title track which is simply beautiful. In my eyes Selena would have made it big if she were here but she leaves us with a wonderful collection. Buy it if you can,
IN MEMORY OF SELENA {1971-1995}
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5-0 out of 5 stars A sample of all her music styles...
There are a small number of artists who I love enough to go out and buy their CD's as soon as they come out. Selena is one of them, and this is the first CD of hers I bought days after it was released. I was still new to her music, but from the start knew that I loved her!

Dreaming Of You is a small sample of what would've been had she lived and made it big in the English market, (which she would have!)

"I Could Fall In Love," "Captive Heart" & "I'm Getting Used To You" are the original English songs. "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)" & "Wherever You Are (Dondequiera Que Estes)" are duets w/ David Byrne & The Barrio Boyzz. "Missing My Baby" is a re-make of the Entre A Mi Mundo hit (which I prefer more over this version, but both are excellent!) "El Toro Relajo" & "Tu, Solo Tu" are the rancheras, and of course her cumbia hits can be found on "Amor Prohibido," "Techno Cumbia," "Como La Flor," & "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom." All skillfully re-done.

This CD has a good Latin, pop and r&b flavor. It displays Selena's potential. She had a great personality and would've been a huge star!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dulce Angelita
The first time I ever heard of Selena was when I first watched the movie, Selena, and I knew that I wanted to be just like Selena. I love all of her albums, and I know partically ever one of her songs. Dreaming of You is one of my favorite album... so is Momentos Intimos, but my favorite songs from Dreaming of You are Como La Flor, God's Child, Amor Prohibido, Tu Solo Tu, Where ever you are, and Techno Cumbia... you can pobably tell that I have more favorites, which I do. Selena's songs have a sense of beauty in them, which reminds of Aaliyah. Although Selena and Aaliyah arent really in the same genre, when you listen to their songs, you can tell that they were both 2 really beautiful and thoughtful women. Selena and Aaliyah... I love you both unconditinally... RIP...

5-0 out of 5 stars Dreaming of Selena
This album is a bittersweet one. I purchased it shortly after Selena was killed and I've cherished it ever since! DREAMING OF YOU is a powerful tribute to the world's most promising star. Songs "I Could Fall in Love" and "Dreaming of You" sparkle! DREAMING should've won a Grammy award for Song of the Year ("Dreaming of You") and Album of the Year. I love ya, Sel, and miss ya tonz!

5-0 out of 5 stars ~SELENA~
~SELENA~..was such a great person..i've never met her but I know she is a great person at heart...I know she is...her songs are outstanding...I listen to her CD all the time...*DREAMING OF YOU*...I sing that song for everything I do when it comes to singing(talent shows..ect)...the movie selena...that is one of my favorite movies...just by watching that movie I know she was a great person and I could tell she wanted to sing and make people happy from her songs..and she sure makes me happy..I cry everytime I watch that movie...and I always wander what would it be like if she was still here..would she still be singing..have a baby with chris her husband..I dunno but I know she will always be remembered..and wut happened to her will always haunt me and everybody else cuz it was a shame wut happened...**SHE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED!** ... Read more


38. Ones (CD & DVD) (Limited Edition Package)
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By now, Selena's recordings are like familiar friends, dropping in once a year or so to show off a new outfit that feels familiar, only it's prettied up in some new way. Ones offers 19 of the late Tejano diva's biggest hits, including the bittersweet crossover ballads "I Could Fall in Love" and "Dreaming of You." Every song sparkles with Selena's irresistible personality and rich, full-throttle delivery, especially impressive considering she was in her late teens and early 20s when most of these songs were recorded. The new addition here is "Con Tanto Amor," a three-song medley of "Amor Prohibido," "Si Una Vez," and "Como La Flor," that achieves added poignancy as a ballad. Ones also comes packaged with a DVD featuring Selena's complete video collection, from the shoestring-budget "La Carcacha" to the elegant "No Me Queda Mas." --Joey Guerra ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Selena's key cuts remastered...and a DVD bonus!
Selena's most popular tracks get yet another recycling, but in this case EMI LATIN has created the ultimate single-disc overview: all first-rate tracks with no filler! CD-buyers who already have this material may be swayed to purchase this anthology by three factors. First there is the upgraded sound quality ala the recent remastering of many of Selena's recordings. Secondly, there is a very attractive ballad medley CON TANTO AMOR, which combines AMOR PROHIBIDO, SI UNA VEZ, and COMO LA FLOR (all three songs are also heard in their original hit versions here). Lastly is the bonus second disc, a DVD containing thirteen of Selena's videoclips (their first DVD release). It's the ALL MY HITS/TODOS MIS EXITOS set previously issued on VHS, but presented in chronological order and with decent if not exceptional Dolby Digital sound. The videos are variable in quality. However, as an added attraction to this already-recommended collection of Selena's hits, the buyer really gets more than their money's worth. By the way, if you're curious about Selena but have never bought one of her CDs, begin here!

5-0 out of 5 stars Selena lives on with ONES!!
This is by far the best Selena collection that has been released to date. It includes all of Selena's hits including Como La Flor, Amor Prohibido, I Could Fall In Love, and Dreaming Of You. There is also a new medley featuring the songs Amor Prohibido/Si Una Vez/Como La Flor that is awesome, the songs have been mixed into a slower pop ballad. This edition of ONES also includes a DVD that features Selena's videos. Overall I would highly recommend buying this set it is worth having in your music collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars VIVA LA REINA
Though our beloved Selena has been gone 9 years on March 31,
there is not a day goes by her music doesn't touch a new fan.
Thank you to the Quintanilla family for "Con Tanto Amor" found exclusively on "Ones". It's beautiful and touching. Her fans miss her so much. She was an inspirational person with values, morals and TRUE talent...what a concept.
Selena's music is honest...tasteful....and truly a gift from God. Viviras Selena...nuestra angelita.

5-0 out of 5 stars IT IS SIMPLY SELENA
I enjoyed it & I am happy that it was released.Yes it does include songs that have already been released,as well as a new remix that I enjoyed immensly.I have many of her videos and cd's(all that I can get my hands on),and yes I am a fan that knew nothing about this extrodinary woman and her talent until after she died.I dont even speak spanish,but I love her music and that remarkable voice.So I say keep her music and memory alive!

5-0 out of 5 stars Selena Ones
this is a very good disc to listen, i have some advice though look carefully at the cd before you buy it i unfortunally didn't and it didn't come with the DVD part... but the vocal part is a good part to listen too. ... Read more


39. Rose & Charcoal (Verde Anil Amarelo Cor de Rosa e Carvão)
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Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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Marisa Monte's light but authoritative vocals could easily make her just another Brazilian pop sensation, but her choice of material and the company she keeps make her an artist to be reckoned with. Producer Arto Lindsay provides innovative and breezy backdrops (mostly in the samba vein) for the poetically surreal and romantic lyrics of Monte, Nando Reis, Carlinhos Brown, Paulinho da Viola, Arnaldo Antunes, Jorge Benjor, and even Lou Reed. Many of Brazil's superstar musicians are present, along with guest contributions from Laurie Anderson, Phillip Glass, and keyboardist Bernie Worrell from Parliament, melding well with Monte's enticing and totally Brazilian contemplations on life and love. Rose and Charcoal is elevated from easy listening by the magical imagery of the lyrics, freely translated in the liner notes. --Derek Rath ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Mermaid
I've always loved Marisa Monte's voice- it's warm, it's sexy. She was raised in Rio, in the middle of Portela, one of Rio's most traditional samba schools. She decided to study opera in Italy for a while, but decided to go back to her musical roots. This album is very Brazilian, and she intended it to be so. She has Northeastern rhythms, MPB-style songs (Musica Popular Brasileira-popular Brazilian music)and samba-choro, lots of it! My favorite track is the last one in the album which is a real gorgeous samba with guitar, drums...the works!-and so intensly melodic! Even if you don't know much about Brazilian music, you'll enjoy this album. And if you like Brazilian music already, you'll really enjoy Monte's beautiful voice. It's not as experimental as, say, Tom Ze or Carlinhos Brown- instead it's like good homemade food: familiar, but always a favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars Santa Marisa
I've reviewed two other of Marisa's discs, assuming the interested reader (if there are any) has some knowledge of Brazilian music and the portuguese language. This review is for the unitiated. To wit: Marisa Monte is Brazil's leading female musician, and one its greatest singers of all time. (where on earth did "light but authoritative" come from?) Anyone with two ears will enjoy her immensely. This album is probably her most beautiful musically, and certainly her most accessible for non-Brazilianists. Aside from her stunning voice, this album showcases what I think is her most remarkable quality, her marvelous ability to synthesize Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), english-language pop, and Brazilian folk music, sometimes in the same song. Covering the spectrum here is "Segue o Seco," a composition by neo-traditionalist Bahian (read Afro-Brazilian) Carlinhos Brown at one end, and an amazing cover of Lou Reed's "Pale Blue Eyes" at the other. Who else could pull that off?

5-0 out of 5 stars Sublime
You absolutely must own this album. I can't think of any other CD that I have enjoyed more. Buy it, buy it, buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Grande Marisa! (Great Marisa!)
Isso é o que se pode chamar de música brasileira de qualidade internacional. Grande voz, grande cantora, uma diva brasileira. Especial atenção para "Bem leve", "Dança da Solidão" e "De mais ninguém" que são demais! (That's what you call brazilian music of international quality. Great voice, great singer, a brazilian diva. Special attention to "Bem leve", "Dança da Solidão" e "De mais ninguém" which are something!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Seduced
This is a top rate,exquisite album,by one of Brazil's best vocalists.Haunting melodies,a voice that reaches into your soul,and lush ethnic instrumentation,I sat there weeping the first time I heard it,even though I never understood a word that was sung.It is just beautiful.If this album was a woman, I would be in love.Standout tracks for me include,Na Estrada,Pale Blue Eyes,Alta Noite,and most of all, Esta Melodia.This album is certainly among her best ,if not the best,that she has done.For those that are new to Marisa Monte,this is the place to start. Recomended listening. ... Read more


40. El Viaje de Copperpot
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sigo escuchándolos
Son pocos los grupos que son capaz de sacar un segundo álbum que por lo menos iguale su primer trabajo. En el caso de La Oreja de Van Gogh, su nuevo CD titulado "El viaje de Copperpot" es tan bueno, o mejor, que "Dile al sol", y eso ya es mucho decir.

Si le gustó el debut, quedará fascinado con éste, su segundo trabajo, que está lleno de variadas melodias y la inconfundible voz cristalina de su cantante, Amaia. Indudablemente, la voz de Amaia es una de las características más atractivas de este grupo. Pero también los chicos nos deleitan con letras profundas, cositas nuevas y notas rítmicas. Aquí nos obsequian, entre otras, la romántica y nostálgica "La Playa" y la movidísima "Pop". Y no se pierda la relajante pausa de la canción "Desde el puerto" en la cual se escucha por varios minutos el viento y la marea.

Si nunca ha escuchado a la Oreja, compre cualquiera de sus dos CDs. Le aseguro que quedará enganchado.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best...
This is simply one of the best CDs money can buy. I first was introduced to Spanish music (not just music with Spanish lyrics) in 1994 when I went to Spain for 2 weeks. I was hooked. The music is so refreshingly different. So, La Oreja De Van Gogh's quality is not surprising to me. I have seen Spain produce groups such as Mecano and El Ultimo De La Fila just to name a couple. However, I recently had a renewed desire to get some more Spanish music so I hopped on amazon.com and followed those links to other artists and eventually found these guys.

I immediately ordered both CDs. I showed the group to a friend who does not know any more Spanish than Adios, Gracias, and 'hasta la vista, baby'. He loved the group too.

I like this CD better than Dile al Sol because they dropped they heavy usage of distorted electric guitars that were used in a few of their songs.

After hearing both CDs, I can tell that they had the potential to be awsome on this CD. They were awsome on the first, but better on the second.

Therefore, buy'em both. You won't regret it

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Rocking CD
Their mix of music is good. The songs are original and upbeat, a hint of 80's American music, but overall good rocking. I saw the band on Musica Si several times on the TVE network when I lived in Europe. Orega de Van Gogh won the MTV Europe Award for best band in 2000. Second CD is better than the first which to me seems to be a trend for Spanish groups.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Big Surprise
I bought thie CD on the strength of their last album Dile al Sol
This is a great album, I enjoyed every cut on it. The first and last cuts are the ones I really get,Cuidate ad Desde el Puerto. These are fresh sounds to me and some cuts have a touch of European influence. By the way I am just about ignorant in Spanish, but listening to this CD, it doesn't matter.

5-0 out of 5 stars W-o-W
Sadly, I rarely listen to Spanish music, even though I'm from Madrid. As it often happens with most genres, it has become repetitive, monotonous, predictable and - to say it all in one single word: commercial. My musical tastes range from varied classical music (from Mozart to Schostakovich) to nowadays most contemporary sounds such as Massive Attack, Prodigy or Chemical Brothers. Without forgeting outstanding music authors impossible to find here at Spain such as Phish, oldies like Elton John, and indeed everything that is WELL DONE. Well, after this introductory info about my musical background, you'll probably better evaluate my review about LODVG.

El Viaje de Copperpot is a good example (a very good example indeed) of how to compose good pop music without falling into routine. I've read some reviews giving out little stars to this group, and often making reference to other Spanish or Latin groups. That is in my humble opinion a big mistake since LODVG, although under the pop-rock sound movement, is unique. Their lyrics are unique, and their music is unique. If listened to all of the songs' album carefully (it happens the same on their next album) it is possible to detect a big influence in each song from a different well known group. I personally found many hidden references out of Supertramp style, though when listened for the first time they're difficult to spot.

They needn't complicated - often badly chosen - synth sounds or innovative fx to create the desired athmosphere. Yes, they have keyboards, and indeed they are very very well implemented, but this group is mainly acoustic. They utilize their resources carefully achieving clean, well designed songs, easy to listen and remember, but with harmonies, themes and scores in general well, very well made, varied, non-repetitive but preserving their astounding style.

If you think this might be too much for you, then return to Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin. Otherwise, I highly recommend you give them a chance. ... Read more


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