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on 26 April 2014
Estrella is the daughter of the late Enrique Morente, a famous flamenco singer. Enrique was a great experimenter and Estrella has followed the same path.

What other flamenco album would open with a track with music by Micheal Nyman! It's a quite extraordinary start. The music is typically Nymanesque and Estrella's vocal is astonishing - it floats across the music with Bulgarian/eastern European hints. There is a second track with Michael Nyman but it is less remarkable.

Estrella's voice is incredible, at it's best, soaring and twisting. 'Segurillas de la Vera' with Paco de Lucia (recorded by Javier Limon who has really captured the space around her voice) is a wonderful example.

There is a real stinker - 'Find Me In Your Dreams', with Pat Methany is particularly dreadful.

Overall the album is great, with many guests; Montoyita, Tomatito, Vicente Amigo, Isidro Munoz, Alain Perez, Alfredo Lagos and Enrique Morente. The album is long, 15 tracks, 66 minutes long, so ignoring the bad track this is a great album. Estrella's vocals are always wonderful just let down here and there by mundane songs. The last track 'Adagio' with Enrique has some unengaging keyboards.

There's a great Cuban track 'Cuba-Cui' which has brass and lots of percussion. Elsewhere it's mainly flamenco guitar and percussion. Not traditional, definitely nuevo flamenco.
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