Complices

Complices

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by Luis Miguel
     
 
It's a wonder what took Luis Miguel so long to enlist Latin maestro Manuel Alejandro to write and produce one of his projects. As one of the most prolific and respected songwriters in Latin pop -- his clientele is a who's who that includes Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, Raphael

Overview

It's a wonder what took Luis Miguel so long to enlist Latin maestro Manuel Alejandro to write and produce one of his projects. As one of the most prolific and respected songwriters in Latin pop -- his clientele is a who's who that includes Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, Raphael, and José José, to name but a few -- the tunesmith's timeless, smooth compositions are a natural fit for the crooner. But Cómplices is more than just their first all-out collaboration: it's the first time Miguel ever hands over the reins of a recording entirely to a third party. He's worked with his share of legends, but never has El Sol De México, no matter how legendary the contributor, had one person handle everything -- from songwriting all the way to arrangements and production. Alejandro's eye for detail as a composer is exquisite, anyway, so the relinquishment doesn't result in a big sonic departure for the vocalist, even if the songs do follow a dark thematic line -- in terms of love songs, at least, this is perhaps the most somber, hopeless set of compositions Miguel has ever sung. For someone who has made a name for himself singing ballads and Latin standards -- his Romances saga attests that much -- the brand of love Cómplices champions is the kind that can be sensual and torrid one moment, only to cheat and break hearts the next. Poetically, the material is flawless, even beautiful, but a deeper analysis sheds light on a far from perfect version of love. This love fakes kisses ("Bravo, Amor, Bravo"), fears commitment ("De Nuevo El Paraíso"), steals partners ("Se Amaban"), and is on the verge of falling apart ("Dicen") -- far from the kind of record you put on as you wine and dine a romantic interest. That's not to say Cómplices isn't a romantic album. In spots, it certainly is, but it doesn't go beyond mere romance -- the one-night stand, an illicit affair, sweet nothings whispered in the ear. Cómplices paints such a bleak, depressing picture of what love ought to be, it's easily the most hopelessly romantic disc of Miguel's career -- pristinely executed by Latin pop standards, yet ironic coming from the biggest loverman in all of Latin music. Could this be the musical companion to the singer's sensational tabloid persona? You be the judge.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2008
Label:
Warner Music Latina
UPC:
0825646955022
catalogNumber:
503996

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luis Miguel   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Tom Aros   Percussion
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Jodi Burnett   Cello
Darius Campo   Violin
Mathew Cooker   Cello
Larry Corbett   Cello
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Jerry Hey   Arreglos
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Bambi Jones   Coros
Peter Kent   Violin
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Dane Little   Cello
Francisco Loyo   Piano
Victor Loyo   Bateria
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Carlos Murguía   Coros
Kenny O'Brien   Coros
Dave Reitzas   Mezcla
Kevan Torfeh   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Terry Wood   Coros
Cary Grant   Trumpet
Christina Soule   Cello
John Walz   Cello
Nicole Bush   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Manuel Alejandro   Piano,Keyboards
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Rudy Stein   Cello
Guillermo Romero   Violin
Trevor Handy   Cello
Victor Feijóo   Guitar,Arreglos,Coros
Alyssa Park   Violin
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin

Technical Credits

Luis Miguel   Producer
Francisco Loyo   Production Director
Jeri Heiden   Graphic Design
Manuel Alejandro   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rafa Sardina   Engineering
Alejandro Asensi   Executive Producer
Alejandro Carballo   Orchestra Director
Victor Feijóo   Arranger,Composer,Programming

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Complices 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a joy to listen to. The melody and artistry of his voice are without equal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago