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If you are already familiar with Mercedes Sosa, you are probably elated that she has released a new album. Having turned seventy years old and of fragile health in recent years, her recordings have been spare -with live recordings filling wider gaps between those with new songs- which makes this release even a stronger reason to rejoice.
As far as this album is concerned, the wait has been amply justified. Mercedes has chosen an intimate ensemble for these offerings, the accompaniment consists of musicians with whom she's played for many years, and the few instruments and austere -yet heartfelt- arrangements in each song focused on her exquisite voice and the mastery of her interpretations.
To select songs for singular praise is quite difficult since every one of these tracks is magnificent, whether they are songs she's not sung before or those who she's chosen to sing again with new arrangements. That said, there are several which deserve attention and promise special delight.
Among the new songs, "Corazón Libre" which is bound for addition to her long list of classics, "País," "Tonada del Otoño," "Tonada del Viejo Amor" - a duet with the legendary Eduardo Falú- and "Y la Milonga lo Sabe" are stunning in depth and simplicity.
When it comes to new versions, "Todo Cambia," a song that has reached hymn-like status in Argentina since she first sung it, shines brightly. Furthermore, her choice of recording it in a slower and quieter form, brings to the fore new dimensions and nuances -at least it's true in my case- that you may not have fully appreciated before. Read more ›
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