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Album Titles

Enrique, Enrique Iglesias (1999)
Mujer de Cabaret, Puerto Plata (2007)
Yo canto, Laura Pausini (2006)
Rodrigo y Gabriella. Rodrigo y Gabriella (2006)
Los Amigos Invisibles. The Venezuelan Zinga Son, Vol. 1 (2004)
Mis Duetos
Son...Para El Mundo
Exitos Eternos, Mercedes Sosa, (2005)
Maná - Varios
Voces de Ultratumba, Estopa, 2005
Limón y sal, Julieta Venegas, 2006
Baute, Carlos Baute 2006
13 Canciones de Navidad para Niños (13 Christmas Songs for Children)
Baúl de luna, Luján, Jorge
Esencia Natural, Ainhoa
Gozo Ponderoso, Aterciopelados
Lo que te conté mientras te hacías la dormida, La Oreja de Van Gogh
Paulatina, Paulina Rubio
Rústico. Pedro Luis Ferrer
Sur o no Sur, Kevin Johansen
Un Dia Normal, Juanes

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Album Reviews


From September 2009

enriqueEnrique, 1999
Iglesias, Enrique
Interscope Records, Universal Music & Video Distribution, Inc.

Available on Amazon.com

While Enrique is Iglesias’ first album in English, the last three songs are the Spanish versions of “Rhythm Divine,” “Sad Eyes,” and “I’m Your Man:” “Ritmo total,” “Más es amar,” and “No puedo más sin ti.” These three songs provide lively Latin pop beats that will shake up any classroom. Not only is the music bailable, the lyrics provide excellent examples of commonly taught language structures. “No puedo más sin ti” has several examples of the subjunctive mood in nominative clauses, along with indirect object pronouns and objects of prepositions. “Ritmo total” uses several informal imperatives throughout and the formal imperative, Viva la música. Both songs help students see the practicality of the grammar forms that helped Enrique soar to gold or platinum in thirty-two countries.
- Recommended by Andrea Varricchio, Spanish Music Room Editor, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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Mujer de Cabaret, Puerto Plata (2007)
Puerto Plata (a.k.a José Manuel Cobles) has been playing son music in the Dominican Republic for 60 years, and his style is reminiscent of the Dominican music banned by the dictator Rafael Trujillo before 1961. Puerto Plata plays with some truly excellent guitarists and other musicians, and the recordings are simple and not overly processed.
If you like the previously reviewed Pedro Luis Ferrer, from Cuba, you should give Puerto Plata a try. Like traditional merengue, Puerto Plata uses his music to comment on serious social and political issues (one track is a commentary on September 11), but the sound is decidedly upbeat. This kind of music is the essence of summer—kick back in your lawn chair, close your eyes, and you won’t be able to help imagining yourself on the beach, sipping a drink out of a coconut. It’s also great for dancing or driving (windows down all the way, please!) You can read about Puerto Plata and hear a sample here.
- Recommended by Abbe Spokane, Center for Applied Linguistics

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Yo canto, Laura Pausini (2006)
La primera canción, "Yo canto" del album del mismo nombre, le da al oyente una sensación de alegría y optimismo la cual sigue durante todo el album. El estilo de pop rock europeo es para levantar a una de la silla para bailar. La voz de Pausini es dulce y lleva mucha emoción a la lírica clara y poética. Según Wikipedia la cantante italiana empezó su carrera en 1993 con "La solitudine" en italiano, luego en 1994 empezó a grabar en español. Yo canto ganó el Grammy 2006 para el Album Pop Latino del Año.
- Recommended by Andrea Varricchio, West Chester University, PA, Spanish Music Review Editor

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Rodrigo y Gabriela. Rodrigo y Gabriela (2006)
Though they are now living in Dublin, Rodrigo y Gabriela are originally from Mexico, and their Latin roots are clearly evident in this instrumental album. Most tracks are simply the two musicians playing acoustic or classical guitars, but you’d never know it by the fullness and complexity of the sound they produce. Though some tracks are reminiscent of flamenco guitar, others display more of their other major influence: classic rock. I bought the album after hearing their remake of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” but now I like the originals just as much. It’s hard to say exactly what genre this album falls into, but everyone I’ve played it for has liked it. It’s instrumental guitar, but it’s also rock, Latin, world beat, and more, and you can pick it up at your local record store now that it’s been released in the U.S. I guess you just have to listen; try iTunes or amazon.com for audio, or their website has several video clips: www.rodgab.com
- Recommended by Abbe Spokane

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Los Amigos Invisibles. The Venezuelan Zinga Son, Vol. 1 (2004)
I never would have stumbled upon this group if a friend hadn’t invited me to their concert recently. In a rare break from my usual mellow evenings, I danced until my feet and knees couldn’t take it anymore—it was one of the most high-energy concerts I’ve ever seen. This funk/salsa/disco/rock/etc. band from Venezuela played a great mix of dance music, sung mostly in Spanish to an incredibly diverse and appreciative audience, most of whom seemed to know the treat they were in for better than I did. This is probably not an album for your classroom: the lyrics are, well, colorful—I could tell even though I only speak a little Spanish. It’s more for hosting a dance party on a wild Saturday night than for teaching students—unless they need a crash course in street Spanish. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Album, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they take home the prize. I did have a little headache the next morning, but boy, was it worth it!
-Recommended by Abbe Spokane

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CATEGORY 17: Best Vallenato/Cumbia Album - LATIN GRAMMYS
sonparaelmundo
Son...Para El Mundo
Jorge Celedón y Jimmy Zambrano
[Sony BMG Music/Norte]

BUY Now

Looking at this year’s nominees for best vallenato and cumbia album, I was exited but not surprised to see the new album by Jorge Celedon," Son…Para el Mundo." Why am I not surprised? Jorge Celedon is the biggest artist in vallenato at the moment and has been for the last few years. His new album is just as good as Juepa Je!... in fact, it's better. He is experimenting even more.

What makes the vallenato songs stand out for me is the gorgeous melodies. Jorge has built his career in this genre of music and is known throughout Colombia and Latin America for his command in composing the beautiful melodies. He is "El Rey."

One should also highlight the flawless accordion playing in the songs by Jimmy Zambrano. He plays beautifully and has also gathered fame for his excellent technique.

Celedon is also one of the few vallenato artists who has crossed over and has a fan base in non-vallenato circles as well. He is one of the biggest artists in Colombia at the moment. His first single from this album "Todo No Puede Llamarse Amor" is a duet with salsero Victor Manuelle and it's currently sitting at No. 5 on the Colombian singles chart.

There are numerous great songs on this CD; however, my favorite is "Esta Vida." Currently sitting at No. 1 on the Colombian singles chart, the song is being hailed as the new national anthem. Anywhere I went, whether it was more of a lax atmosphere, a club, or even just walking around, I’d be sure to hear it. It breathes joy and life to those who hear it and is just the perfect example of what a good up-beat vallenato song can do for the body and mind.

I recommend this album to all people, regardless of what music you prefer. There is too much good latin music from all over the world for that matter for one to be restricted to common genres. I am Colombian and Portuguese and do love my musica latina; however, here at my university, I find my friends from many different backgrounds and countries appreciate it as much as I appreciate theirs.

If you love Carlos Vives or Fonseca, then I think you will without a doubt enjoy this album. Celedon is more of a purist form of vallenato than the two mentioned before. While they may concentrate on more up-tempo numbers, Celedon takes it to another level and also does slower tempo numbers as well. Enjoy!
- Recommended by Marcos Franco Murillo, NCLRC Intern

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Mis Duetos
Vicente Fernández
(2005, BMG, Sony International)

Vicente Fernández, "El Idolo de México," blends his velvet voice with twelve other well-known Latin music recording artists, including his son Alejandro Fernandez, Cuban singer Celia Cruz, and US singer Vicky Carr. The romantic and often melancholy duets of the Mexican "ranchera" style are so smooth that it is difficult to determine where one voice ends and the other begins. The soothing melodies and rhythms accompany lyrics that tell of deep love and love lost. An occasional mariachi call or yell punctuates the emotion of the songs. In "Tu voz" with Celia Cruz, Fernández changes to a Caribbean beat. A military reprieve in "El Adios del soldado" ("The Soldier’s Good-bye") with Felipe Arriaga adds to the all too contemporary message of a soldier’s promise to return tomorrow. This CD is an excellent introduction to "ranchera" music for anyone who is not familiar with the style. A DVD on the artist with commentaries from the guest singers is included with the CD. Individual songs from the CD can be purchased on the AOL Music website. To learn more about the musical career of Vicente Fernández, go to the AOL Music Bibliography page.
- Recommended by Spanish Music Review Editor, Andrea Varricchio, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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MANÁ:
Amar Es Combatir
Revolución de Amor
Unplugged
Cuando Los Angeles Lloran
Maná y
Donde Jugarán Los Niños

See English Review Below

El conjunto mexicano, Maná, ha publicado seis CDs desde 1994: Amar Es Combatir (1/1/2006), Revolución de Amor (8/20/2002), Unplugged (6/22/1999), Cuando Los Angeles Lloran (4/25/1995), Mana, 1987 (1/1/1995), Donde Jugarán Los Niños (4/12/1994). Los cuatro músicos de la banda son: Fher Olvera en los vocales, la guitarra electroacústica y la armónica, Sergio Vallín en las guitarras acústicas y electroacústicas, el tres cubano y el requinto, Juan Calleros en el bajo electroacústico y Alex González en la batería y los coros. Se puede clasificar la música de Maná como rock alternativa o clásica con canciones de música pop y de baladas. Según J&R.com (http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.process?Product=3852281) Maná, que empezó a grabar en 1988, puede ser la banda más famosa de todas las de "Rock en Español." Ganó varios premios Grammy y ha colaborado con Carlos Santana y Rubén Blades.

El CD, Unplugged (MTV, 1999) ganó el Premio Billboard de Música Latina del 2000 por el CD del Año por un Grupo. Una canción del mismo CD, "Se Me Olvidó Otra Vez," ganó el Premio Grammy Latino del 2000 por la Mejor Realización Pop por un Dúo o un Grupo con Vocales. Este disco contiene un conjunto de canciones de ritmo rock y latino que es a la vez alegre y bailable. La letra de las canciones también es muy clara de entender y ofrece una oportunidad excelente para utilizar las canciones en la sala de clase ya que muchas tienen mensaje. Por ejemplo, Rubén Blades, compositor español, escribió la canción, "Desapariciones," que describe una serie de personas desaparecidas por razones políticas desconocidas. Otras canciones se refieren a otras injusticias como la falta de educación y sus consecuencias. La letra de las canciones está incluida en el librito del CD y nueve de las catorce canciones están traducidas al inglés.

El crítico Sergio Bastos (2006, http://www.batanga.com/review/Mana) que comenta sobre el último CD de Maná, Amar Es Combatir, le da tres estrellas y media de cinco. Según Bastos, el disco se caracteriza con música "rock, reggae y baladas acústicas con ritmos latinos" lo cual es la "exitosa fórmula" de la banda. En el sitio Web de Batanga (http://www.batanga.com/artist/Mana/81F8543E-565F-4E70-A123-186911919FA8.htm) es posible escuchar y comprar los CDs o seleccionar canciones individuales.
- Recomendado por Andrea Varricchio, West Chester University, Editora en Español

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ENGLISH
MANÁ:
Amar Es Combatir
Revolución de Amor
Unplugged
Cuando Los Angeles Lloran
Maná y
Donde Jugarán Los Niños

The Mexican Rock group, Maná, has published six CDs since 1994: Amar Es Combatir (1/1/2006), Revolución de Amor (8/20/2002), Unplugged (6/22/1999), Cuando Los Angeles Lloran (4/25/1995), Mana, 1987 (1/1/1995), and Donde Jugarán Los Niños (4/12/1994). The four main musicians of the band are: Fher Olvera on vocals, electric and electroacoustic guitars, and harmonica; Sergio Vallin on acoustic and electroacoustic guitars, tres, and requinto; Juan Calleros on electroacoustic bass; and Alex Gonzalez on drums and background vocals. Their music can be classified as classical or alternative Rock with pop songs and ballads.

According to J&R.com (http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.process?Product=3852281), Maná, who began to record in1988, is probably the most famous "Rock in Spanish" band. The group won various Grammy awards and has collaborated with Carlos Santana y Rubén Blades.

The CD, Unplugged (MTV, 1999) won the 2000 Billboard Latin Music Award for CD of The Year by a Group. One of the songs from the CD, "Se Me Olvidó Otra Vez," won the 2000 Latin Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. This CD contains a selection of songs with a Rock and Latin beat that is up-beat with good dance rhythms. The song lyrics are clear and relatively easy to understand and provide excellent material for classroom use since many of the songs have a message. For example, Rubén Blades, a Spanish composer, wrote the song, "Desapariciones," that describes a series of individuals who were abducted for undisclosed political reasons. Other songs refer to other injustices such as the lack of education and its consequences. Song lyrics are included in the CD jacket with nine of the fourteen songs also being translated to English.

The music critic, Sergio Bastos (2006, http://www.batanga.com/review/Mana), who comments on Maná’s latest CD, Amar Es Combatir, gives it three and a half stars out of five. According to Bastos, the CD is characterized by the group’s "successful formula … rock, reggae, and acoustical ballads with Latin rhythms." On the Batanga Website (http://www.batanga.com/artist/Mana/81F8543E-565F-4E70-A123-186911919FA8.htm) it is possible to listen to and purchase CDs or individual songs.
- Recommended by Spanish Music Review Editor, Andrea Varricchio, West Chester University

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Sosa, Mercedes, Exitos Eternos (2005)
I first heard Mercedes Sosa when a friend lent me an album of her interpretations of Atahualpa Yupanqui, perhaps the most important Argentinian folk musician in recent times. I also highly recommend that album, but it is an import, and somewhat expensive and difficult to find. However, after Sosa won her third Latin Grammy, she released a greatest hits CD with all her best work that’s available, along with many of her other albums, on iTunes Latino, among other places. Sosa has an unmistakable deep, rich contralto voice that is perfectly suited to nueva cancion, a movement that popularized Argentinian folk music by adding 60’s rock and pop elements to traditional instruments and vocals. Her style is dramatic and moving, and perfect for when your emotions get the best of you.
-Recommended by Abbe Spokane, Culture Club Assistant Editor

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voces

Voces de Ultratumba, Estopa, 2005
El dúo continúa cosechando éxitos y vendiendo miles de CDs.  Voces de Ultratumba es su último CD lanzado al mercado en 2005.  Estopa está formado por los hermanos David y José Manuel Muñoz originarios de Barcelona, España.  En este CD compuesto por doce canciones Estopa continúa llevando al oyente por el camino de su tan singular ritmo.  Su música es una mezcla de estilos, una variedad de rumba, rock, pop, pop español, hip hop y tecno.  Este dúo usa esta mezcla de ritmos para contar una historia en cada canción en un lenguage cotidiano, callejero y pagadizo.  Las canciones son historias asociadas con cosas que pasan a diario: amor, trabajo, vivencias, sueños, fiestas, etc.  Todas las canciones tienen letras sacadas de la calle, cantadas, con una voz áspera , en un lenguage callejero con una música que pasa de un estilo a otro en la misma canción.  Es una mezcla que funciona muy bien y que se vuelve popular entre aquellos que la escuchan y que gustan de los ritmos.  Su mezcla de ritmos y letra ha vendido miles de copias y Estopa ha logrado ganar varios premios por la venta de miles de CDs.  Para aquellos que nunca han escuchado alguna canción de Estopa, este CD es un buen ejemplar para conocer el estilo que lanzó a los hermanos Muñoz a la fama en España y Latinoamérica.
- Opinión personal de L. Mitchum, mitchuml@wjcc.k12.va.us

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Limón y sal, Julieta Venegas, 2006
Julieta Venegas es una cantante mexicana, originaria de Tijuana.  Vanegas ganó con Limón y sal disco de platino en México y discos de oro en España y Estados Unidos por sus ventas en el primer mes.  El CD incluye trece canciones, escritas por Venegas misma o en colaboración con otros artisas.  Venegas es más conocida en EEUU por su acordeón en su canción Andar conmigo del CD titulado Sí (2003).  Sin embargo, en esta nueva colección de canciones hay una variedad de instrumentos que a veces nos dan una música tranquila, simple y pura, otras nos dan sonidos que invocan sentimientos de paz, emoción y felicidad; sus canciones están llenas de sentimiento.  Venegas dice que el conjunto de canciones es "autobiográfico, aunque no todas las historias le han ocurrido".  El CD incluye canciones del género pop, rock, rancheras, baladas, hip hop y folk.  Limón y sal es un excelente ejemplar de música en español, algo diferente que despierta los sentidos de cualquier oyente.
- Opinión personal de L. Mitchum, mitchuml@wjcc.k12.va.us

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baute

Baute, Carlos Baute 2006
Carlos Baute, cantante venezolano,  no es muy conocido en EEUU, pero su música es muy popular en Latinoamérica y en España.  Fue en este país europeo donde logró dos discos de platino por la ventas de sus éxitos en 1999.   En Europa ha continuado cosechando éxitos y su sexto CD es el titulado Baute.  Tiene doce canciones, tres remix de tres de los temas y un DVD que incluye un videoclip de las canciones Te regalo y Quien dice que no duele.  La música es una mezcla de ritmos afro-latinos, bachata, cumbia, baladas, todo con un fondo lleno de "batucada" (sonido de tambor/batería).  Por supuesto, no puede faltar el ritmo pop /rock latino en algunos de sus temas. Las canciones de Baute están llenas de ritmos tropicales, pero el toque personal del canta-autor hace que la música sea diferente a la de los cantantes tropicales de siempre.  Sus temas nos hablan más que todo de amor, pero en su tema Quien dice que no duele habla de injusticias sociales, política, dolor y guerra.  Este CD es un buen ejemplar de la música de Carlos Baute para aquellos que nunca han escuchado su música y su suave voz.
- Opinión personal de L. Mitchum, mitchuml@wjcc.k12.va.us

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13 Canciones de Navidad para Niños (13 Christmas Songs for Children)
The 13 songs on this CD are:

  • Hoy es Navidad
  • Angeles Cantando Están
  • Noche de Paz
  • Fa, La, la, la, la
  • Se Oye un Son en Alta Esfera
  • Allá en el Pesebre
  • Al Mundo Paz
  • Tamborilero
  • Rodolfo el Reno
  • Feliz Navidad Deseamos
  • Venid Fieles Todos
  • Buenas Nuevas de Gozo y de Paz
  • La Primera Navidad
In addition to enjoying these songs on your own, you could use this CD in your elementary or secondary Spanish class. The CD comes with a format of split-track that would be perfect for teachers who do not know how to play an instrument and want some background when children sing during a performance. This CD is available via Internet at www.worshipmusic.com/worshipmusic/0829739629.html
- Recommended by Ana Lizarraga, Wakefield School, The Plains, VA

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Esencia Natural (2003)
Ainhoa
Spain's 2003 version of American Idol, "Operacion Triumfo," had a winner in by the name of Ainhoa. This Spanish pop sensation has proved herself to be a winner with the release of "Esencia Natural" debut album. Although placed under the pop genre, the sounds range from enthusiastic rock ("El Amor Me Esta Llamando") to powerful ballads that she nails with her voice ("Busco Senales Divinas") to hip dance songs that have swept the Spanish nation by storm ("Aceptame Asi"). With songs written by notables such as Emilio Estefan, Jon Secada, and Shakira, along with her undeniable stage presence and striking voice, Ainhoa's success is guaranteed. She hopes to hit American radios with the one English song on her CD, "Emotional Rescue," a song about not needing love and affection and just simply having fun. This is new, sultry singer is a force to be reckoned with.
- Recommended by Carolina Ferrerosa

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Gozo Ponderoso
Aterciopelados
Aterciopelados is a Colombian group whose name means something like "The Velvety Ones." Their album Gozo Ponderoso is just about bursting with texture, velvety and otherwise. The group is unlike any other, and resists every musical category there is. Their sound is about as eclectic as their album art, both of which are intriguing whether you're an aficionado of Latin culture or not. Try out this CD if you are (or if you want to seem) hip, cosmopolitan, and complex, and you'll not only accomplish this goal, but you'll end up humming the songs yourself! You'll hear a coherent base of traditional Latin rhythms throughout the album, but each track has a unique way of blending modern elements onto that base. If you're tired of albums consisting of 15 songs that sound exactly the same, this is a CD for you. I won this album randomly in a raffle, and it "grew on me" in a big way. You can listen to some samples before you buy at Amazon.
- Recommended by Abbe Spokane

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Rústico (2005)
Ferrer, Pedro Luis
I was browsing online when I came upon this new release from Cuba . Ferrer's voice is so clear and expressive that I was hooked, even though I could only understand a few words. The style of music on this CD sounds familiar and traditionally Cuban at first, but has a light touch for which Ferrer coined a new word: changüisa. The album incorporates a small, improvised musical group of instrumentalists and vocalists that give it a rich, vibrant feel. To me, this seems like the perfect music for a spring barbecue or picnic--it's bright and upbeat, but yet Ferrer himself recognizes his music as his version of the Cuban Revolution. For example (I cheated and looked up the lyrics!) Conga Vegetariana comments on the irony of vegetarians in Cuba , where no one can afford meat anyway. All in all, Rústico is a thoughtful commentary on the reality of life in Cuba , while at the same time it celebrates and infuses new vitality into Cuban musical traditions. Available from Amazon.
- Recommended by Abbe Spokane

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Sur O No Sur (2003)
Johansen, Kevin
This is Johansen's first album to find success in the U.S., and it's no surprise; the music is as entertaining as it is diverse. Johansen grew up in Alaska and Argentina, spent some time in New York, and recently moved to Buenos Aires to truly begin his career as a pop singer. But, the American and Latin flavors of this album are just the beginning. Often compared to 80's sensation Manu Chao, Johansen lends his deep voice to light yet intellectual lyrics in Spanish, English, and sometimes Spanglish, and there's even one track in French. To try to fit this CD into a genre of music would be a mistake: there's truly a little bit of everything: folk, rock, rap, jazz, reggae, country, and traditional Latin and Indian rhythms, performed mostly by acoustic guitars, accordion, violin, and flute. Amazingly, it all blends together to make a catchy yet not too pop-y sound that has enough complexity to carry Johansen's unique voice.
-Recommended by Abbe Spokane

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Un Dia Normal (2002)
Juanes
The album from this Columbian artist, born in Medillin, has just reached the two year mark on the Billboards Top Latin Albums. It contains a mixture of sounds and beats ranging from rock to pop, and salsa to meringue. The beautiful lyrics make the listener feel the joys and woes of love and life, with vibrant tracks such as "Noche" and "Mala Gente". The album has won a series of Latin Grammys and is available at most music retail stores, at Amazon, and at www.juanes.net where you can also listen to sample tracks.
-Recommended by Tamara Shogaolu

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Lo que te conté mientras te hacías la dormida (2003)
La Oreja de Van Gogh
If you enjoy listening to Spanish Pop music, you will love this album! Amaia Montero, the lead singer of this group, has a sweet, melodious voice that makes us dream. After their debut album, "Dile al Sol" (1998), and their second one: "El Viaje de Copperpot" (2000), I definitely fell in love with their fresh, rhythmic and romantic songs like: Cuídate, París and La Playa. In 2003, they released their latest album: "Lo que te conté mientras te hacías la dormida". Tracks like "Puedes contar conmigo", "20 de Enero", "Rosas", "Deseos de cosas imposibles and Geografía", will make you feel really happy and you will thank God for giving you a heart pumping inside of you with a great capability of loving! Too sweet for your taste? Maybe...but very inspiring.
- Recommended by Juan Ramón Joya

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Baúl de luna
Luján, Jorge
Baúl de luna is a collection of original songs by the Argentinean poet, educator, and performer, Jorge Luján. The songs are sung by Mexican opera singer Lourdes Ambriz and by Maestro Luján and are accompanied by a delightful jazz group. The origin of this album goes back almost twenty years when Baúl de luna was presented at concerts in Mexico, Brazil, and Spain. The two singers subsequently followed separate careers, Lourdes dedicating herself to an international opera career, and Jorge continuing with his poetry and seminars on teaching children how to write from the heart.

One day they were stopped on the street by a stranger who told them that, when he was kid, he had seen their shows at the Feria del libro and had two things to say: "La primera es que no les voy a perdonar nunca que hayan disuelto el grupo. Y la segunda es una pregunta - ¿Qué diablos querían decir los shows de Baúl de luna?" This chance encounter inspired the artists to reunite and produce this CD album, saying "Ahora, con el apoyo de los amigos y por el gusto del reencuentro, hemos hecho girar nuevamente la llave de este baúl cargado de sueños que sentimos necesarios en esta época de sombrías realidades."

Some of the song titles give a taste of this poetry set to a Latin beat: "Corazón papaya" (a song to the Latina), "Amor de soledad", "Cerezas en la boca" (my personal favorite), "Dama demonio", "Dios está muy solo", "El cruzado". To listen to excerpts and to buy this CD, visit www.pentagrama.com.mx
- Recommended by Anna Uhl Chamot

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Paulatina (2004)
Rubio, Paulina
Released in February 2004, Paulatina is Paulina Rubio's 6th Latin CD and that's not including her English CD, "Don't Say Goodbye." This Mexican singer, daughter of the famous Mexican actress Susana Dosamantes, exposed to the world of show business all her life, has inherited both talent and beauty and milked it for all it's worth. Paulina captivates her audience once again with her fusion of pop, rock, and dance hits while staying true to her Mexican roots and adding old traditional mariachi sounds in the backgrounds of "My Friend, Mi Amigo" and "Ojala". Typical of pop lyrics, the songs are all based on love and heartbreak and with the exception of "Amor Secreto", translating to "Secret Love," the lyrics are not extremely exceptional or original. But none-the-less, Paulina Rubio once again proves that she's the "Golden Girl" by coming out with a fun CD including bouncy songs like "Algo Tienes" and "Te Quise Tanto".
- Recommended by Carolina Ferrerosa

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