El Niño de la Tuna

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Roberto Tapia has switched labels -- from the reggaeton-centric Machete Music to the traditional Mexican powerhouse Fonovisa -- for this, his follow-up to 2008's Los Amigos del M and third album overall. His music hasn't really changed much; it's the same mix of banda and norteño it was last year. He brings a few stylistic quirks to these conservative genres, though. He doesn't oversing or go crazy with vibrato like other, more florid Mexican singers; he enunciates carefully enough that even a first-year Spanish student could follow along, and he occasionally throws small flourishes at the end of a line that fans of soul music might recognize. In a way, these could almost ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Roberto Tapia has switched labels -- from the reggaeton-centric Machete Music to the traditional Mexican powerhouse Fonovisa -- for this, his follow-up to 2008's Los Amigos del M and third album overall. His music hasn't really changed much; it's the same mix of banda and norteño it was last year. He brings a few stylistic quirks to these conservative genres, though. He doesn't oversing or go crazy with vibrato like other, more florid Mexican singers; he enunciates carefully enough that even a first-year Spanish student could follow along, and he occasionally throws small flourishes at the end of a line that fans of soul music might recognize. In a way, these could almost be seen as nods in the direction of a crossover listening audience. So too the mournful, almost bluesy feel of the horns on "Como Me Enganaste" and "Caminos Diferentes." The biggest surprise on this album, though, is "La Tambora," an upbeat dance number that sounds more like merengue than either of the two genres Tapia traditionally works in. Overall, El Niño de la Tuna is a solid album, though it would have benefited from leaning more toward the norteño side of the equation, as the stripped-down, almost country-ish sound offers the context to which Tapia's vocal style is best suited.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Fonovisa Inc.
  • UPC: 808835403221
  • Catalog Number: 354032
  • Sales rank: 122,252

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mi Gran Amor (2:58)
  2. 2 El Niño de La Tuna (3:39)
  3. 3 Como Me Engañaste (3:46)
  4. 4 Pancho Loco (3:25)
  5. 5 Desilusión (2:46)
  6. 6 El Maserati (2:30)
  7. 7 Caminos Diferentes (2:56)
  8. 8 Gente de Guzmán (3:30)
  9. 9 La Tambora (2:29)
  10. 10 Iván el Chapito (3:32)
  11. 11 Cuando Me Dices Mi Amor (2:40)
  12. 12 El Animal (2:39)
  13. 13 Skit (1:20)
  14. 14 El Gallo de Sinaloa (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roberto Tapia Primary Artist
Fernando Cavazos Mezcla
Technical Credits
Larry Hernández Composer
Fernando Cavazos Engineering
Teodoro Bello Composer
Roberto Tapia Arranger, Composer, Producer, Direction, Audio Production
Chayo Bórquez Adaptation
Maria Concepcion Chavez Graphic Design
Genaro Aguirre Tapia Arranger
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