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Elemental
     

Elemental

by Yahir
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Warner Music Latina
UPC:
0825646907359
catalogNumber:
519241

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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
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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