As I was making a list of new Latin music albums to listen and share with you, I noticed that there were a LOT of new releases in the first 3 months of 2014!
In trying to catch up, part of my problem is that I had a few recent consecutive trips that distracted me from blogging! So I’ll be listening to all the new music and sharing with you my insights.
Recent Releases in Latin Music
As you’ve read in my last few blogs, I covered in great detail the recent release of Danny Rivera and Nelson Gonzalez titled “Obsesión”. Earlier this year, I also covered another bolero album by Spainard Carmen Cuesta titled “Toda Una Vida”. Both of these albums give boleros a new spin, each in their own way.
However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Back in February, there were new Latin music releases by Romeo Santos (“Vol. 2” – why does Romeo title it that way?), and Latin rock group Ozomatli (“Place in The Sun”).
March is when the real avalanche of Latin music came in! Two of the most awaited albums were by Colombians Shakira and Juanes. These two always seem to be releasing albums in the same timeframe.
Shakira came out with “Shakira.” (I’m still not sure what’s the point of the dot after the name…it surely means something, so I’ll try to find out), and Juanes released “Loco de Amor” along with a Commentary CD for “Loco de Amor” in which he explains each song (probably part of the Deluxe version). This is something more artists are now doing. Supplementary “commentary” CDs are fine, but what I would really want to see is for artists or record labels to make the liner notes of the albums available online so that music fans that download the music can also enjoy them! But I’ll get off my soapbox now (for the moment)!
Also in March we had the release from Enrique Iglesias (“Sex and Love”), another highly anticipated album as Enrique had released 3 prominent singles ahead of the album release. Reggaeton king Wisin released “El Regreso del Sobreviviente” and Bachata’s royalty Prince Royce came out with “Phase II” (are bachateros just running out of ideas for album titles?).
Mexican diva Thalia will be releasing a children’s album (April 15) that I’m anxious to listen. I hope its new material and not more of the same old children songs from 50 years ago! I wish more popular artists did more music for our children. Of course, commercial implications have a lot to do with this for artists and particularly record labels.
Last, but not least in this blog, is the Latin Jazz release of the maestro Bobby Sanabria with the Manhattan School of Music Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra of “¡Que Viva Harlem!” I already took a sneak peak of it and can tell you it’s of the same great quality as the Bobby’s previous recent releases, some of which were Grammy nominated! This one just came out April 8, so it’s still fresh out of the oven.
As you see, I have enough to stay busy for a while, so stay tune for my insights to all this music here in Latino Music Café.