- Audio CD (30 Nov. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Verve
- ASIN: B006ADJND6
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Miss Little Havana
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The playfully, flirtatious lyrics seamlessly merge with uplifting, catchy melodies that seem to revisit her days with Miami Sound Machine. Add this to Producer, Pharrell Williams', contemporary urban awareness and a very unique sound has evolved that's distinctive but still familiar enough to please any dance music/pop purist. This is a dance album top to bottom and the one ballad, track 9 "Time is Ticking" acts like a bridging "palate cleanser" between the first 8 pop/dance tracks and the last 6 tracks which are more club oriented. Like her last dance album "gloria!" from 1998, the tracks tend to segue from one to the next, like a sort of DJ mix but it's a little bit different this time around featuring phone messages between Gloria and Pharrell. Beyond all the music is a unique little concept. Each track ascertains the "story" of the title character "Miss Little Havana" which narrates a cautionary, albeit fun tale of love beating adversity. Here is a track-by-track review...
Miss Little Havana. Opening with a rhythmic chant sung over a layer of trumpets, trombones, cow-bells and hand claps the song then explodes into its catchy chorus built around an electronic funk beat which combines 80's synthesizer riffs and drum machines amid a complex horn arrangement that recalls Gloria's hey-day with Miami Sound Machine. It's the perfect introduction that links the old school to the new.
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The voice remains as strong as ever, the latin rythmns are as good as ever, and the co-production with Pharell opens up a new Gloria, combining the salsa rythmns with a thumping disco beat that Lady Ga Ga would be proud of.The cuban beauty should allow others to produce her more often, when ,she is stretched, her endless talent shines like a beacon.
Stand out tracks are the title track, which is sunshine on a cd.
Thumping music and superb vocals abound, but" say I", "On" and "Make my heart go" are instant classics."Hotel Nacional" is a twentys inspired masterpiece, this lady never disappoints.
"Right away" and "Make me say yes" are a throw back to "Believe" by Cher as they use the wobbly voice thingy, but as you can always gaurantee, Gloria tackles new ground and does it with style and class.
As the weather draws in and world wide gloom descends, do yourself a favour, and let the sensational superstar that is Gloria Estefan take you to a better place.
In the words of the beauty herself
"Its time for hoochie coochie"
bring it on!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic upbeat album Gloria on full throttle mode, fresh sounding and a fan must have! or even if your new to Gloria a great album to start with.Published on 10 Feb. 2014 by Antmuzic
Fantastic upbeat album. Great Cuban rhythms. I dare you not to move to this one! Gloria as great as ever. Loving it!Published on 1 Dec. 2013 by HovePeregrine
I am very pleased with the cd & I know I got good value for money,i will be purc.hasing morePublished on 30 Oct. 2013 by jane robinson
ok, so the CD has been about for a while now...and I dont often write reviews, but given that I have played this a few times, I think it has given me a better personal perspective. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2013 by V. Carrick