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Donde el Corazon Me Lleve
     

Donde el Corazon Me Lleve

by Isabel Pantoja
 
In the ghetto that is Yankee pop culture, we toss the word "diva" around for virtually every female pop singer who is popular. C'mon...Aretha Franklin -- yeah. Celine Dion? Mariah Carey? No way. In any case, given our complete desecration of the meaning of that term, we no

Overview

In the ghetto that is Yankee pop culture, we toss the word "diva" around for virtually every female pop singer who is popular. C'mon...Aretha Franklin -- yeah. Celine Dion? Mariah Carey? No way. In any case, given our complete desecration of the meaning of that term, we no doubt never consider what it might mean in world terms. Go to Spain, Italy -- heck, anywhere in Europe, Latin America, or Asia -- and drop the name of Madrid's most popular citizen, Isabel Pantoja, and the "D" word will roll off the tongue with reverence, awe, and admiration. Pantoja is the authentic article, a singer's singer for whom passion drips from every syllable. Like Edith Piaf, she is gifted with the ability to deliver her songs powerfully, but without adornment, just unadulterated emotion. Given that we are on this side of the Atlantic, it is technically impossible to figure out exactly how many recordings Pantoja has issued since 1974, when she began a career marked by tragedy as well as success. And without going into detail, this woman knows what it means to sing about lost love. Donde el Corazon Me Lleve is a kind of transition for Pantoja. While all of the traditional Spanish elements that are her trademark are in evidence here -- the gorgeous bandoneons and single-button accordions, strings, guitars, castanets, etc. -- postmodern production techniques courtesy of Roberto Livi have been employed, giving Ms. Pantoja's music an edgier feel in places such as on the punched-up, horn-driven son of "Fuego." Elsewhere, such as on "Qué Tai Me Va Sin Ti," a string orchestra washes over the guitars and percussion, allowing the diva's voice its full space to soar above the mix and express the bottomless well of emotion of which she alone is capable of articulating. The wonderfully atmospheric synthesizers paired with a flamenco guitar in "Y Mañana Qué" are adorned by strings; Pantoja splits the lyric open with alternating whispered and wailed lines. In the grain of her voice is the entire history of love, devotion, surrender, and heartbreak and grief. In the slum of white-trash pop culture, we have no recordings like this; we have to import them from elsewhere. We simply cannot entertain the honesty of emotion and expression that albums such as Donde el Corazon Me Lleve communicate honestly and without pretension. This is a brilliant album by a singer who deserves to be every bit the legend Aretha Franklin or Billie Holiday is. It is simply breathtaking, brilliant, and beyond any gauge for excellence we have in America.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Universal Latino
UPC:
0044006627120
catalogNumber:
0000002

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Performance Credits

Isabel Pantoja   Primary Artist
Pupy Santiago   Guest Appearance
Ed Calle   Guest Appearance
Tony Concepcion   Guest Appearance
Grant Geissman   Guest Appearance
Julio Hernandez   Guest Appearance
Lee Levin   Guest Appearance
Rudy Pérez   Coros,Guest Appearance
Dana Teboe   Guest Appearance
Julián Navarro   Guest Appearance
Judd Maher   Conductor
Eddy Martinez   Guest Appearance
Richard Bravo   Guest Appearance
Eduardo Reyes   Guest Appearance
Jeannie Cruz   Coros
Manolo Gonzalez   Guest Appearance
José Antonio Rodríguez   Guest Appearance
Rene Vergara   Coros
Alejandro Montalbán   Guest Appearance
Vicky Echeverri   Coros
Jonathon Fuzessy   Coros

Technical Credits

Rudy Pérez   Arranger
Roberto Livi   Producer
Manolo Navarro   Contributor
Joel Numa   Engineer
Ron Taylor   Engineer
Rafael Ferro   Arranger
Julián Navarro   Arranger
Eddy Martinez   Arranger
Glen Neibaur   Engineer
Eduardo Reyes   Arranger
Javier Garza   Engineer
Gustavo "Pichon" Dalpont   Engineer
Alejandro Montalbán   Arranger
Rafa Sañudo   Graphic Design,Art Direction

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