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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Yahir, former winner of the Mexican American Idol clone La Academ?a, performs exactly the kind of music you'd expect from a dude who followed that path to stardom. Elemental opens with a swooning ballad, "Vivir?," that starts with acoustic guitars but eventually swells into orchestral grandeur. That's followed by an upbeat track, "Si Te Piden Tiempo," that sounds like the composer was trying to harness the anarchic energy of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs without scaring off Ricky Martin fans. The result -- twangy guitars, Brazilian percussion, pumping horns, a super-clean vocal up front -- isn't bad, but it won't stick in your head the way "El Matador" or "Livin' la Vida Loca" ...
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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Yahir, former winner of the Mexican American Idol clone La Academía, performs exactly the kind of music you'd expect from a dude who followed that path to stardom. Elemental opens with a swooning ballad, "Viviré," that starts with acoustic guitars but eventually swells into orchestral grandeur. That's followed by an upbeat track, "Si Te Piden Tiempo," that sounds like the composer was trying to harness the anarchic energy of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs without scaring off Ricky Martin fans. The result -- twangy guitars, Brazilian percussion, pumping horns, a super-clean vocal up front -- isn't bad, but it won't stick in your head the way "El Matador" or "Livin' la Vida Loca" do. The other two upbeat songs, "Caminito de Besos" and "Cuando Se Quiere," sound like watered-down Juanes or Alejandro Sanz tracks, though the former track's leap into a salsa rhythm for the chorus is mildly diverting. Yahir's got a nice, pleasant voice, and the ballads that make up the majority of this disc will surely make the chicas swoon. But it's a very safe album; he even performs a Diane Warren-written song to close the disc ("Si Te Veo Llegar," a translated version of "Listen to Your Heart"). Elemental is pop music performed with a high degree of skill and almost no uniquely Latin flavor; these songs could be translated into any language and sung by any reality TV talent show winner to identical effect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Warner Music Latina
  • UPC: 825646907359
  • Catalog Number: 519241
  • Sales rank: 268,656

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vivire (4:40)
  2. 2 Si Te Piden Tiempo (3:34)
  3. 3 Adios Para Siempre (3:07)
  4. 4 Se Que Perdi (4:15)
  5. 5 Renunciar a Ti (3:51)
  6. 6 Nunca Aprendimos (3:48)
  7. 7 Ella Me Acepta Como Soy (3:35)
  8. 8 Caminito de Besos (3:47)
  9. 9 En Ti (4:15)
  10. 10 Cuando Se Quiere (3:41)
  11. 11 Si Te Veo Llegar (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yahir Primary Artist
Luis Conte Percussion
John Gilutin Piano, Keyboards, Organo
Arturo Velasco Trombone
Lee Thronburg Trumpet
Aureo Baqueiro Piano, Keyboards
Lawrence Katz Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jimmy Johnson Bajo Sexto
Aaron Sterling Bateria
Facundo Monti Guitar, Coros
Technical Credits
Gustavo Borner Engineering
Chris Gehringer Mastering
John Gilutin Arranger
Mark Portmann Arranger, Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Aureo Baqueiro Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineering, Spanish Adaptation
Ruy Folguera Arranger, Direcccion de Cuerdas
Miguel Luna Composer
Edgar Cortazar Composer
William Paz Composer
Alejandro Abaroa Art Direction
Reyli Barba Composer
Mauricio Gasca Composer
Daniel Willy Engineering
Facundo Monti Arranger, Composer
Christian Leuzzi Arranger, Composer
Justin Moshkevich Engineer
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