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All Music Guide - J. Chandler
In the middle of her battle with cancer, Roc?o D?rcal released this homage to the genre that had fueled her stardom in the Americas. Approaching the age of 60 at the time of the recording, she managed to not only sound but look better (at least on the album cover) than at any time previously in her career. Her voice did not deepen with age (she could still hit the high notes); rather, it mellowed, gaining resonance and warmth. Moreover, there was no mistaking her singing for anyone else's at this point. The production is never less than lush and elegant. The cutesiness and gaudiness that tended to detract from D?rcal's performances in the past are nowhere to be found. In ...
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All Music Guide - J. Chandler
In the middle of her battle with cancer, Rocío Dúrcal released this homage to the genre that had fueled her stardom in the Americas. Approaching the age of 60 at the time of the recording, she managed to not only sound but look better (at least on the album cover) than at any time previously in her career. Her voice did not deepen with age (she could still hit the high notes); rather, it mellowed, gaining resonance and warmth. Moreover, there was no mistaking her singing for anyone else's at this point. The production is never less than lush and elegant. The cutesiness and gaudiness that tended to detract from Dúrcal's performances in the past are nowhere to be found. In light of the tragedy that followed, in Dúrcal's singing one is tempted to sense both the awareness of mortality and the determination to better her own legacy up to that point. However, what really comes across is her ease with the material and her confidence. "Fiesta en el Corazón" may be the high point, with its unorthodox harmonies and the giddiness of its shifting rhythmic accents. But there isn't really a weak song here. Even the warhorse "Cucurrucucú Paloma" is worth listening to for the loving treatment Dúrcal's voice gives it. This disc is surely one of the highlights of the singer's long career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 828766348026
  • Catalog Number: 9592
  • Sales rank: 45,188

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rocío Dúrcal Primary Artist, Vocals
Octavio Choir, Chorus
Antonio Morales Musical Direction
Dave Rivera Guitar, Guitarron, Guest Appearance
Francisco Sanchez Percussion, Guest Appearance
Memo Gil Dirigida
Armando Montiel Latin Percussion, Guest Appearance
Paco Rosas Acoustic Guitar, Guest Appearance
Pancho Ruiz Dirigida
Viktoria Horti Seccion De Cuerdas, Guest Appearance
Carlos Cabral Jr. Guitar, Soloist, Dirigida, Vocal Director
Ariadne Gobera Coros, Guest Appearance
Eric Mora Guitar, Guest Appearance
Marco Antonio Santiago Guitar, Guitarron, Guest Appearance
Alazán Coros, Guest Appearance
Fernando de Santiago Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vihuela, Coros, Dirigida, Cuerda, Guest Appearance
Jair "Yayo" Alcalá Accordion, Guest Appearance
Enrique Ramos Cuerda
Enrique Choir, Chorus
Javier Serrano Trumpet, Bugle
Technical Credits
Ron Boustead Mastering
José Alfredo Jiménez Composer
Cuco Sánchez Composer
Rubén Fuentes Composer
Oscar Wilde Copy
Luis Demetrio Composer
Albert Sanchez Vocal Recording
Rigoberto Alfaro Arranger
Memo Gil Arranger, Programming, Engineering
Paco Rosas Arranger
Pancho Ruiz Arranger, Programming
Julio Chavez Engineering
Carlos Cabral Jr. Arranger
Isaías G. Asbun Engineering
Alberto Cervantes Composer
Antonio Valdez Herrera Composer
Juan Neri Composer
Fernando de Santiago Arranger
Roberto Verduzco Ramírez Engineering
Manuel Cázares Arranger
Luis Carlos Monroy Composer
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