90 Millas

90 Millas

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by Gloria Estefan
     
 
Celebrating her 50th birthday, Gloria Estefan revisits some equally well-aged music: rumba, bolero, and the classic sounds of her native Cuba. Her first Spanish-language album in seven years, 90 Millas is a nostalgic collection featuring a raft of guest stars, including Carlos Santana, La India, Cachao, and Johnny Pacheco. Fans of Mi Tierra will be

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Celebrating her 50th birthday, Gloria Estefan revisits some equally well-aged music: rumba, bolero, and the classic sounds of her native Cuba. Her first Spanish-language album in seven years, 90 Millas is a nostalgic collection featuring a raft of guest stars, including Carlos Santana, La India, Cachao, and Johnny Pacheco. Fans of Mi Tierra will be heartened, indeed; Gloria's done it again.

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Ever since Gloria Estefan split from Miami Sound Machine in 1989 to go solo, her best efforts tended to be her Spanish-language ones, and her fourth such album, 90 Millas, is no exception. In fact, it might be her best overall effort -- regardless of language -- since Mi Tierra (1993), which was her first to be sung entirely in Spanish and an instant, best-selling classic. In a couple ways, 90 Millas is a follow-up to Mi Tierra. Both are heartfelt albums inspired by Cuba and Cuban music -- whereas Abriendo Puertas (1995) and Alma Caribeña (2000), Estefan's other two prior Spanish-language efforts, were more broadly Hispanic and Caribbean, respectively, in their influences and intent -- and both 90 Millas and Mi Tierra are graced by some of Latin music's most gifted instrumentalists, many of them legends. In this case, the featured guests include Papo Lucca, Johnny Pacheco, Candido Camero, Paquito d'Rivera, Nelson González, Andy García, Sheila E, Carlos Santana, Orestes Vilato, Israel "Cachao" López, Generoso Jiménez, Giovanni Hidalgo, India, José Feliciano, Arturo Sandoval, Sal Cuevas, and Luis Enrique. It's an impressive lineup of musicians; for instance, the album's lead single, "No Llores," alone boasts Carlos Santana on electric guitar, José Feliciano on acoustic guitar, Sal Cuevas on bass, Sheila E. on timbales, and Luis Enrique on congos and bongos. That's not all, though. 90 Millas also boasts an ace production and songwriting team: husband/impresario Emilio Estefan (of course) and the Gaitán Bros. (Ricardo and Alberto). Then there's Gloria herself, who is the vehicle for this superstar project. She's in good voice here -- as well-mannered and graceful as usual -- and co-writes many of the songs. Yet it's the musicianship and the songs themselves, surprisingly few of them ballads, that shine brightest here on this love letter to Cuba, that oft-romanticized, and fiercely politicized, island 90 miles off the coast of Florida. Though born there, Gloria left as a child. In her heart, however, she never left her homeland behind, as this album and its predecessor, Mi Tierra, make clear, for both albums are among the best -- and certainly most poetic and impassioned -- efforts of her long, illustrious career. Practically every song here is a gem, and they're a rarity in 2007, a year in which traditional Cuban music like this couldn't have been further away from the mainstream of Latin music in America, where regional Mexican and urban dominated the marketplace.
Daily News
Each song seems nostalgic...You can’t quite tell who the object of the affection is: a lover or Estefan’s beloved Cuba.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886970905527
catalogNumber:
709055

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90 Millas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whatever happened to the Gloria Estefan who made music like "Cuts Both Ways" and her other great albums? This album is a disapointment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps the strongest album of Gloria's career, easily on par with 2003's introspective and poignant UNWRAPPED and the classic MI TIERRA "1993". It's hard to compare 90 MILLAS to CUTS BOTH WAYS, as another reviewer did, as they are very different albums sung in different languages and with different intent. 90 MILLAS is not an American pop record. It's an ode to traditional Cuban music with contemporary sensibilities. And, as such, it is top-notch in quality. While "No Llores" was a breakout single "and the artist's 14th # 1, it's hard to pick a follow-up. "Caridad" is infectious and boasts an incredible musical arrangement "including an instrumental that sounds like it could transition into "Oye Mi Canto" at any moment" while "Besame" is a graceful but impassioned ballad. And then there's the sexy "Me Odio" and the half-political, half-sentimental yearnings of "Esperando "Cuando Cuba Sea Libre"" and the rhythmic title track, a duet with La India that is both urgent and arresting. And "Refranes" is a fun and loose track that recalls "Tres Gotas De Agua Bendita" (the duet with Celia Cruz from ALMA CARIBENA). I don't speak more than a few words of Spanish, but it's easy to appreciate this collection for what it is: an infectious celebration of culture and tradition. Muy bueno, Gloria!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another outstanding album. Gloria Estefan brings us closer to her Cuban roots, and who better to serve as a contemporary guide? Like "Abriendo Puertas", this album has one hazard - it tends to make one want to dance, even if one listens to it in the car! (Watch those feet around the gas pedal!) It is amazing to find that this artist's voice has held up so well after such a long career! One can only hope that she keeps this type of album coming for many years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do salsa rueda which is a danced based out of cuba. I got 3 of my dance instructors one of these cds because it's my favorite cd right now. It's got a lot of great music to dance to. I also drive alot and it helps me to lighten up.