im a diehard van van fan,im cuban and i left the island 4 years ago, i grew up listening to their music in a dayly basis,from "el guararey the pastora" to "de igual a igual" i think i know enough to say that this is one of van van best albums yet .I have to admit that when i first heard it i didint understood rigth away it took me a couple of times to realize the high quality cd that i had in my hands a blasting mixture of timba and son cubano that only the composers duet of juan formell and cesar "pupi" pedroso(bass & piano) could achieve, they are in my opinion cuba's lennon-mccartney.my favorite cuts are #8,12,9,3,4,2,1. For those who say that the recording quality of this CD stinks i have to say that their mellow ears are to adapted to the chese sound of Marc Anthony and new york & miami low quality salsa this album was recorded and mixed with top of the line equipment. Just listen to the Bass & percussion sets and tell me if you ever heard anithng like that before in the USA.is the phatetst sound ever, i guess is to black for some people if you want to know what im talking about check this cuban bands aviable in amazon.com La Charanga Habanera. Manolin El medico de la Salsa. Paulito F.G. y su Elite. Bamboleo. La Caro Band. ...enjoy the cuban ride.