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Almas del Silencio
     

Almas del Silencio

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by Ricky Martin
 

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His first Spanish-language album since 1998, Almas del Silencio brings a Ricky Martin with a little something to prove. Sure, he's still an international superstar, but the Latin Boom on which his multiplatinum English-language debut rode to the top has lost its Q rating, and Martin's follow-up, Sound

Overview

His first Spanish-language album since 1998, Almas del Silencio brings a Ricky Martin with a little something to prove. Sure, he's still an international superstar, but the Latin Boom on which his multiplatinum English-language debut rode to the top has lost its Q rating, and Martin's follow-up, Sound Loaded, was a disappointing seller. So Ricky sticks to what he knows, and the fans who knew him back when he was just a Menudo. That's indicated by the single, the billowy rock ballad "Tal Vez," which could be delivered by a Juan Gabriel or Laura Pausini as easily as Señor Bon Bon. Fittingly, Martin gets an assist from some of Latin pop's most bankable -- and sophisticated -- stars: Alejandro Sanz, Juanes, and Ricardo Arjona. and While there are some up-tempo numbers, to be sure, this introspective international style seems to be what Martin's after, saying that "Livin' La Vida Loca" is no longer his bag. "I lived it. I loved it. But it's the past," the singer explained to the Associated Press. Fans, especially those who have followed his career over the past decade, will stick with him. As for the mainstream crowd, the single's title, "Tal Vez" -- perhaps -- says it all.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Similar to jazz artists, Latin pop singers can move back and forth between audiences, exploring new terrain with a crossover album and then returning home to the faithful with a more traditional date. Almas del Silencio, Ricky Martin's first Spanish record in five years, actually offers something for all of his widely varying audiences, from Jalisco to Hartford. The opener "Jaleo" is a kitchen-sink performance, boasting Spanish guitar but also a few biting metal chords, a deep bottom end for dance fans, and a yearning, romantic vocal. The single "Tal Vez" is pure ballad territory, with an army of strings and Martin struggling to pull off a histrionic performance. He breaks out with some subtle vocal feats on the digital-age Emilio Estefan, Jr. production "Jamas," and also sounds great during the other dance track, "Besos de Fuego." There's something here for everyone.
New York Times
If his two English efforts were largely about the fiesta, the reflective Almas looks at life after the revelers have long gone home.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0037627043929
catalogNumber:
70439
Rank:
42897

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Martin   Primary Artist,Coros
Matt Rollings   Piano
Nestor Torres   Flute
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Edwin Colon Zayas   cuatro
Alex Al   Fretless Bass Guitar,Bajo Sexto
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Sal Cuevas   Bajo Sexto
Joel Derouin   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Julio Hernandez   Bajo Sexto
Peter Kent   Violin
Lee Levin   Bateria
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Archie Pena   Percussion
Mark Robertson   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Susan Chatman   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Dan Warner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alberto Barros   Trombone
Rayito   spanish guitar
Tommy Rivera   Bajo Sexto
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Juan Vincente Zambrano   Percussion
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Luis Fernando Ochoa   Guitar
Dagoberto González   Didjeridu
Yasmil Marrufo   Guitar,cuatro,Coros
Carlos Puchi   Coros
Rudy Stein   Cello
Robert Vilera   Redoblante
Rita Rosa   Coros
Alberto Gaitán   Bajo Sexto,Coros
Ricardo Gaitán   Keyboards,Coros
Andres Castro   Guitar
Eve Butler   Violin
Alejandro García   Guitar
Jamie Soule   scratching
Herman "Teddy" Mulet   Trombone
John Hayhurst   Viola
Nene Quintero   Percussion
Pedro Alfonso   Violin
Tommy Torres   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Coros,Pandereta,Musical Direction
Bob Becker   Viola
Steve Richards   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Matt Rollings   Piano Arrangement
Jon Secada   Composer
Franco De Vita   Composer
Ricky Martin   Composer
Ricardo Arjona   Composer
Charlie Ainley   Engineer
David Campbell   Cello Arrangement,Choir Arrangement
Scott Canto   Engineer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Charles Dye   Engineer
Emilio Estefan   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Bob St. John   Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Engineer
Marcelo Añez   Engineer
Daniel Lopez   Composer
George Gonzalez   Engineer
Freddy Piñero   Engineer
Richard Serotta   Engineer
Rayito   Programming
George Noriega   Composer,Producer
Richie Perez   Engineer
Juan Vincente Zambrano   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Javier Garza   Engineer
Estéfano   Producer
Luis Fernando Ochoa   Arranger,Producer
Gustavo Celis   Engineer
Yasmil Marrufo   Arranger,Composer
Steve Menezes   Studio Coordinator
Jose Luis Vega   Image Design
Alfred Figueroa   Engineer
Angelo Medina   Executive Producer
Antonio Rayo   Composer
Ian Cuttler   Art Direction
Tony Mardini   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Engineer
Andres Bermudez   Engineer
Tommy Torres   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Direction
Julio C. Reyes   Composer
Jesus M. Cepeda Brenes   Contributor
Mario Cepeda Brenes   Contributor
Juan Christobar   Engineer
Jodi Marr   Composer
Juan Esteban Aristizabal   Composer

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Almas del Silencio 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best thing he has ever done. If you are into Ricky and his culture this is the cd for you. Its about him, his feelings, his culture, his love. I loved it so much I went out and bout 4 more. Its AMAZING
Guest More than 1 year ago
The words in the lyrics are all well written and beautiful, as with all of Ricky's songs. However I was a little dissapointed, hoping there was more new rythem and arrangements in beats and wanted to hear more percussion instruments. Thought most of the CD's songs all sounded very similar in style. Though love Ricky no matter what, so dedictated fan purchased his CD. He is one of the very few male solo singers out there singing in both English and Spanish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a very big fan of Ricky Martin. I was waiting patiently for this new CD. It was well worth waiting for! I don't speak or understand Spanish but it is still very enjoyable just the way it is. I love when he sings in Spanish. I would love to know how to get the translation. My biggest dream would be to see him in concert! Can you help me? Susan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ricky Martin's comeback as a spanish artist couldnt have come in a better time...New look, new music. I listened to the songs and well let me just say that where ever he was for the past 3 years it helped...After his not so well selling english album "Sound Loaded" he returns fully recharged and with a new sense in music..."Tal Vez" has become a smashing hit single and I think there is yet more to expect from him....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ricky is back with an amazing album, full of colors and rhythms. Pure joy! Some of the songs will not let you sit still with their intoxicating rhythms, some songs will touch your soul, and make you think about the important things in life. The music is amazing! This album has something for every one. There are latin flavors, some rock, middle eastern, reggae and more. Ricky's pours his heart and soul into the album and his deliviery of the songs is sincere, sensual and touching. What a talent! Do not miss this jem of an album!