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Long before the Latin pop explosion became headline news, Jon Secada was fusing sizzling tropical rhythms with state-of-the-art sonics to score a series of memorable hits whose melodic and rhythmic appeal has outlasted countless musical fads. The Cuban-born, Miami-bred artist continues his winning ways with Better Part of Me, which maintains his crowd-pleasing style while adding some unexpected new elements to the mix. These songs -- most of which Secada wrote or cowrote -- mark his first new release in three years, and the time and care that he put into its creation shows in the cohesive multicultural mix on such standout tracks as the up-tempo "Stop," the deeply ...
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Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
Long before the Latin pop explosion became headline news, Jon Secada was fusing sizzling tropical rhythms with state-of-the-art sonics to score a series of memorable hits whose melodic and rhythmic appeal has outlasted countless musical fads. The Cuban-born, Miami-bred artist continues his winning ways with Better Part of Me, which maintains his crowd-pleasing style while adding some unexpected new elements to the mix. These songs -- most of which Secada wrote or cowrote -- mark his first new release in three years, and the time and care that he put into its creation shows in the cohesive multicultural mix on such standout tracks as the up-tempo "Stop," the deeply romantic "Lost Inside You," and the playful "Papi," all of which appear here in both English and Spanish-language versions. The latter tune is also featured in a special "Tropical Mix" by renowned producers Emilio Estefan Jr. (a longtime Secada collaborator) and Robert Blades. Elsewhere, the heartfelt "There's No Sunshine" teams Secada with Mariah Carey/Celine Dion producer Ric Wake. Reflecting his adopted hometown's vibrantly eclectic mix of musical genres, Better Part of Me is a timely reminder of Jon Secada's musical talent and personal charisma.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The vogue for English-sung Latin pop that swept the U.S. in 1999 may bode well for a comeback by Jon Secada who contributed to it by writing songs for the hit albums by Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez. But, of course, things don't always work out that way; often, it's only the newly emerged artists who benefit from such a trend. Secada broke big in 1992 with his self-titled debut album and made a successful follow-up with 1994's Heart, Soul & a Voice, but then he suffered a relative failure with 1997's Secada, at least in part because his record label, the since-shuttered SBK division of EMI, was already falling apart and failed to support it. He jumped to Epic, the label home of Gloria Estefan who gave him his start in the business, and clearly has spent a lot of time and money constructing his fourth English-language album, Better Part of Me. It's one of those massive efforts, employing nine producers in an attempt to construct ten possible singles. There are also four Spanish-language versions and remixes at the end of the disc. Although Secada has in the past succeeded with ballads that scaled the adult contemporary charts even when they only performed modestly on pop radio, half of Better Part of Me consists of dance songs, several of them, notably the first single and lead-off track "Stop" and "Papi," in a percussive Latin style that strongly recalls Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony's English-language hits of 1999. Though the instrumental tracks are convincing, Secada's voice is too smooth at least when he's singing in English to give the songs the requisite excitement. He remains more convincing on the mid-tempo rhythm ballads like "Break the Walls" and "Speak to the Wind," and he is at his best on the slow, heartbreaking love songs "There's No Sunshine Anymore" and "When You're Gone." By its very nature, this kind of attempted blockbuster, like its counterpart in the movie business, requires an expensive, well-constructed publicity campaign to support it. It is in some ways easier to break a brand-new recording artist than it is to re-launch a faded veteran, and even if Secada has made an album that measures up to those of the Latin pop stars who broke through in 1999, his best chance for success still may be with the faithful audience that bought his ballads at the start of his career rather than in competing directly with the young Turks. By the time of the album's release, "Stop," issued as a single several weeks earlier, had not made an impression commercially. The next step seemed to be come with a ballad perhaps "Lost Inside of You" and try to reacquaint the adult contemporary radio audience with an old friend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646984024
  • Catalog Number: 69840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stop (4:22)
  2. 2 Love's About to Change My Mind (3:53)
  3. 3 Break the Walls (5:11)
  4. 4 Better Part of Me (3:51)
  5. 5 There's No Sunshine Anymore (4:11)
  6. 6 You Should Be Mine (4:15)
  7. 7 Papi (3:24)
  8. 8 When You're Gone (3:38)
  9. 9 Speak to the Wind (4:50)
  10. 10 Lost Inside of You (4:29)
  11. 11 Asi (4:23)
  12. 12 Papi (4:59)
  13. 13 Dentro de Ti (4:29)
  14. 14 Asi (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Secada Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Rene Toledo 12-string Guitar
Nicki Richards Background Vocals
Earl Robinson Background Vocals
Edwin Bonilla Percussion
Everett Bradley Background Vocals
Deborah Cooper Background Vocals
Sal Cuevas Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Bass
Joel Derouin Violin
Kirstin Fife Violin
Peter Kent Violin
Gina Kronstadt Concert Master
Lee Levin Drums
Manny López Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paulette McWilliams Background Vocals
Audrey Martells Background Vocals
Tim Mitchell Electric Guitar
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Don Palmer Violin
Vladimir Polimatidi Violin
Bernd Schoenhart Guitar
Eddie Stockley Background Vocals
Helain Wittenberg Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Leslie Woodbury Violin
Richard Oliver Background Vocals
Roberto Blades Percussion, Background Vocals
Randall Barlow Trumpet
George Noriega Steel Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Tony Coluccio Keyboards
Giuseppe D. Keyboards
Johnny Jam Keyboards
Steve Morales Keyboards
Alberto Gaitán Background Vocals
Ricardo Gaitán Piano, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jon Secada Producer, Executive Producer
Jorge Calandrelli String Arrangements, String Conductor
Scott Canto Engineer
Ian Cutler Art Direction
Emilio Estefan Jr. Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Andy Marvel Arranger, drum programming
Tim Mitchell Arranger, Producer
Tony Moran Arranger, Producer
Rick Wake Producer
Roberto Blades Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Freddy Piñero Jr. Engineer
Carlos Nieto Engineer
Randall Barlow Programming, Engineer
George Noriega Arranger, Programming, Producer
Tony Coluccio Programming, Engineer
Gustavo Celis Engineer
Steve Menezes Studio Coordinator
Dave Scheuer Engineer
Tom Chianti Engineer
Johnny Jam Programming, Producer, Engineer
Steve Morales Arranger, Programming, Producer
José Antonio Molina String Arrangements
Ricardo Gaitán drum programming
Alfred Figueroa Engineer
Shane Stoner Engineer
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