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Confesiones
     

Confesiones

by Obie Bermúdez
 
Alternative salsero Obie Bermudez puts the storytelling and the conscience back in Latin music with his Confesiones. The Puerto Rican singer and songwriter came to the U.S. as a twelve year old with his family, living in the New Jersey hinterlands. After releasing the Marc Anthony-inspired salsa of Locales in 1998 to industry acclaim, Bermudez moved to

Overview

Alternative salsero Obie Bermudez puts the storytelling and the conscience back in Latin music with his Confesiones. The Puerto Rican singer and songwriter came to the U.S. as a twelve year old with his family, living in the New Jersey hinterlands. After releasing the Marc Anthony-inspired salsa of Locales in 1998 to industry acclaim, Bermudez moved to New York, paying his dues for years working in a laundromat. But his determination was rewarded, as his day-to-day experiences became fodder for impressive songs about real people and their lives. Drawing the attention of salsa legend Ruben Blades -- with whom Bermudez collaborated on Confesiones's "4 de Julio" -- Bermudez eventually returned to the studio and emerged with an album that incorporates Latin instrumentation with rock rhythms à la Juanes. The hit song "Me Canse de Ti" has made him one of the very few Latin acts to chart two singles in Billboard's Hot Latin countdown.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
The road traveled to Obie Bermúdez's 2003 release of Confesiones is almost as interesting as the music therein. Bermúdez took five years away from music entirely after his debut performance for RCA, Locales. Having worked a menial job in the Bronx during his hiatus, much of the subject matter was born of the relationships and personal stories that came out of his time in that community. The result is an integrity and presence that has won Bermúdez a much deserved place all over the Latin music charts. With a sonic palette rich with acoustic flavor and a tasteful mix of his Latino and alt-rock influences, Bermúdez has much to offer in addition to his intimate lyricism. Incorporating rhumba, cha cha, and salsa into the otherwise very homogenized Latin pop genre, Bermúdez sets himself apart as an artist not only willing to take risks, but delighting in them. The warm, vibrant timbre captured in this recording is inviting and seductive. Inventive arrangements, instrumentation, and daringly open production will win the affection of even the most discriminating listener. It is difficult to put a finger on the qualities that make Confesiones the charming gem that it is. This is not because those qualities are elusive, but because they are so numerous.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
EMI INTERNATIONAL
UPC:
0724358464726
catalogNumber:
84647

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Obie Bermúdez   Primary Artist,Coros
Edwin Bonilla   Percussion
Angel Fernandez   Didjeridu
Nelson "Gasu" Jaime   Trumpet
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Marc Quiñones   Percussion
Piro Rodriguez   Trumpet
Olbin Burgos   Bateria
Dan Warner   Guitar
Ron Taylor   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Ricky Gonzalez   Keyboards
Luis Daniel Cabarcas   Coros
Carlos Henríquez   Bajo Sexto
Roxana Brux   Estilista
John Falcone   Bajo Sexto
Yanko Gómez   Coros
Christopher Holder   Piano

Technical Credits

Rubén Blades   Composer
Domingo Quiñones   Composer
Angel Fernandez   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jorge Alberto Pino   Executive Producer
Sebastián Krys   Composer,Producer,Engineering
Kevin Dillon   Studio Manager
Gian Marco   Composer
Dennis Nieves   Producer
Lisette Lorenzo   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Steve Menezes   Studio Manager
Obie Bermúdez   Composer
Joel Someillan   Composer,Producer,Engineering
Jorge Villamizar   Composer

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