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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Cucu Diamantes is the vocalist for New York's Yerba Buena, one of the most interesting Latin groups around. On this, her solo debut, she mixes all the sounds of the city -- from the grooves of her native Cuba to hip-hop, rock, and soul -- into a heady, cabaret-style blend that creates an imaginary time and place with extraordinary vividness. Diamantes shifts back and forth between Spanish and English, not just from song to song but within songs, and the music follows her, throwing red-hot salsa horns atop surf-rock guitars and soulful organ, with subtle DJ scratching in the background. "Alguien" rides a groove Los Fabulosos Cadillacs would be proud to call their own, and ...
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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Cucu Diamantes is the vocalist for New York's Yerba Buena, one of the most interesting Latin groups around. On this, her solo debut, she mixes all the sounds of the city -- from the grooves of her native Cuba to hip-hop, rock, and soul -- into a heady, cabaret-style blend that creates an imaginary time and place with extraordinary vividness. Diamantes shifts back and forth between Spanish and English, not just from song to song but within songs, and the music follows her, throwing red-hot salsa horns atop surf-rock guitars and soulful organ, with subtle DJ scratching in the background. "Alguien" rides a groove Los Fabulosos Cadillacs would be proud to call their own, and Diamantes rap-sings at a hundred miles an hour. In a way, she's positioning herself as almost a female version of August "Kid Creole" Darnell, creating a Latin-ish New York party that's got a big, throbbing, romantic heart at its center. Even a song with a title as potentially crass as "Show Me the Money Papi" rises above gold-digger R&B territory into something much more musically lush and lyrically thoughtful. This is an excellent record that ought to graduate Cucu Diamantes out of the urban-Latin-hipster niche Yerba Buena's ruled for quite a while, and into mainstream success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/2009
  • Label: Fun Machine
  • UPC: 859701454694
  • Catalog Number: 45469
  • Sales rank: 230,724

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (1:23)
  2. 2 Mas Fuerte (4:00)
  3. 3 Mentiras (4:23)
  4. 4 Still in Love (4:19)
  5. 5 Alguien (4:05)
  6. 6 Amor Cronico (3:47)
  7. 7 Show Me the Money Papi (3:39)
  8. 8 Sentimiento (4:22)
  9. 9 Free (3:33)
  10. 10 Vengo (4:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cucu Diamantes Primary Artist
Brian Lynch Trumpet
Ron Blake Saxophone
Clark Gayton Tuba
Andres Levin Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Jonathan Maron Bass
James Poyser Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Peter Scherer Keyboards
Nelson Gonzalez Guitar, Tres
Pedro Martinez Percussion
Mauro Refosco Percussion
Miguel Lopez Horn
Raymond Angry fender rhodes
Sunny Jain Tabla, Dhol
Yotuel Romero Manzanares Keyboards, Vocals
Tony Escapa Drums
Skoota Warner Drums
Ryan Keberle Trombone
Pedro Vergara Piano
I. Padron Aka Cucu Diamantes Vocals, Background Vocals
Nelson Gonzales Guitar, Tres
Joel Guzman Accordion
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Andres Levin Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Bob Power Mastering
Henry Jimenez Arranger
Rudyard Lee Cullers Engineer
Yotuel Romero Manzanares Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Ryan J-W Smith Mastering
David Herman Engineer
Panatopica Programming
I. Padron Aka Cucu Diamantes Composer, Lyricist
A. Levin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth waiting for!

    Fun to listen to,keeps you involved, the performance is mindboggling.

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