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Estrella Guia

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On his third solo outing, Brazilian crooner Alexandre Pires, formerly lead vocalist of Sopra Catarira, continues to issue his albums in both his native Portuguese and in Spanish. Interestingly enough, it is his Spanish language recordings that sell the most. On Estrella Guia, Pires takes his now-trademark silky-smooth approach to Latin pop and, along with producer Adrian Posse, makes it slicker than ever think Celine Dion. Unlike his earlier outings, there is nothing here to suggest that Pires is even from Brazil -- all notions of samba have disappeared and are instead covered in generic washes of synthesized strings, computerized percussion, and vocals so multi-tracked it's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On his third solo outing, Brazilian crooner Alexandre Pires, formerly lead vocalist of Sopra Catarira, continues to issue his albums in both his native Portuguese and in Spanish. Interestingly enough, it is his Spanish language recordings that sell the most. On Estrella Guia, Pires takes his now-trademark silky-smooth approach to Latin pop and, along with producer Adrian Posse, makes it slicker than ever think Celine Dion. Unlike his earlier outings, there is nothing here to suggest that Pires is even from Brazil -- all notions of samba have disappeared and are instead covered in generic washes of synthesized strings, computerized percussion, and vocals so multi-tracked it's impossible to tell whether they are male or female. That said, Pires' voice counts for a lot. The songs themselves are beautiful Latin pop songs, heavy on the smoother-than-smooth balladry that makes singers like Marc Anthony so successful. The difference is that Pires is a better vocalist in the purest sense of the word than virtually any of his contemporaries. But even here, when he sings in Spanish instead of in his native tongue, the depth of his emotional expression is somewhat stilted, hence the different mixes of the albums -- the Portuguese one concentrates less on overblown arrangements. The two most successful moments here are in the duets "Solo Que Me Falta," with Alejandro Sanz, and "Inseguridad," with Rosario. On the former, the shimmering smooth jazz arrangement allows both men to pull out all the stops and juxtapose their voices with one another without competing. When the semi-funky rhythm kicks in on the second verse, they become inseparable as opposing forces. On the latter, a nuevo flamenco number, Pires is able to step out of the box he's placed himself in, and he goes deep into the tradition for his phrasing, allowing Rosario the pop refrain to balance the track -- in other words, to pull it away a bit from its folk influences. Other than these two moments, however, Estrella Guia is virtually interchangeable with his other solo recordings, beautifully executed but generic nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 828765063227
  • Catalog Number: 13343
  • Sales rank: 139,243

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ay! Corazon (3:44)
  2. 2 Amame (4:06)
  3. 3 Quitemonos la Ropa (4:17)
  4. 4 En el Silencio Negro de la Noche (4:27)
  5. 5 Solo Que Me Falta (4:51)
  6. 6 Todavia (3:55)
  7. 7 Se Busca Una Mujer (4:16)
  8. 8 Estrella Guia (4:15)
  9. 9 Bum Bum Bum (4:27)
  10. 10 Inseguridad (4:10)
  11. 11 Para Sentir Aquello (3:28)
  12. 12 A Gozar la Vida (4:28)
  13. 13 Es Mejor Parar (3:35)
  14. 14 Dos Locos Enamorados (5:26)
  15. 15 Prisionero de Amor (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexandre Pires Primary Artist, Percussion
Rene Toledo Guitar
Alejandro Sanz Tres, spanish guitar
Daniel Grace Background Vocals
Chocolate Drums
Antonio Carmona Percussion, spanish guitar
Jose Miguel Carmona spanish guitar
Julio Hernandez Bass
Orlando Hernandez Drums
Lee Levin Drums
Wendy Pedersen Background Vocals
Alceu Reis Cello
Elio Rivagli Drums
Serginho Trombone Trombone
Rick Amado Violin
Luis Dulzaides Percussion
Dan Warner Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lincoln Olivetti Keyboards
Tommy Anthony Background Vocals
Jesuina Noronha Passaroto Violin, Viola
Jose Carlos Ramos Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Michel Bessler Violin
Paschoal Perrota Violin
Carlos Eduardo Hack Violin
Bernardo Bessler Violin
Jose Alves Violin
Fernando Illán Bass
Marcelo Martins Alto Saxophone
Rey Nerio Vocal Director
Joao Daltro Violin
Heitor Fujinami Violin
Tato Icasto Piano
Glauco Imasato Violin
Helena Akiku Imasato Violin
Zigmunt Kubala Cello
Cecilia Leskovar Background Vocals
Braulio Lima Cello
Marcio Eymard Malard Cello
Jessé Sadoc Trumpet
Jorge Salim Violin
Jerjes Valero Background Vocals
Bruno Zuchetti Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Emanuele Ruffinengo Piano, Keyboards
Alejandro DeLeon Viola
Alejandro Ramirez Violin
Alexandre Cunha Violin
Liliana Rodriguez Background Vocals
Mauricio Takeda Violin
Claudio Rosa Bass
Laércio Da Costa Percussion
Adrián Martinez Guitar
Danilo Ballo Keyboards, Background Vocals
Danny Costa Percussion
Lena Pérez Background Vocals
Dayan Abad Electric Guitar
Pedro Alfonso Strings
Clay Perry Keyboards
Miami Symphonic Strings Strings
Carlinhos Pessosa Background Vocals
Bob Benozzo Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Pedro Ferreira Keyboards, Vocal Director
Cinzia Astolfi Background Vocals
Angie Bao Drums
Marie Christine S. Bessler Violin, Viola
Jeff Broderick Synthesizer Guitar
Nelson Cano Percussion
Ivan Decloedt Bass
Cláudio DeVecchi Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Aldo Gouveia Background Vocals
Paulo Valderrama Bass
Ricardo Kubala Viola
Rogério Rosa Violin
Cristian Rapp Violin
Technical Credits
Alejandro Sanz Composer
Juan Marcelo Composer
Antonio Carmona Producer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Jota Moraes Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Rudy Pérez Arranger, Director, Producer
Ross Vannelli Composer
Bruce Weeden Engineer
Freddy Piñero Jr. Engineer
Richard Serotta Engineer
Rafael Ferro String Arrangements
Lincoln Olivetti Arranger
Adrian Posse Composer
Juan Vincente Zambrano Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Manuel Alejandro Composer
Estéfano Composer, Spanish Adaptation
Fernando Illán Producer
Rey Nerio Producer
Gustavo Celis Engineer
Yasmil Marrufo Composer
Dario Moscatelli Composer
Bruno Zuchetti Arranger, Programming, Engineer
Donato Poveda Composer
Emanuele Ruffinengo Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Orchestral Arrangements
Karla Aponte Spanish Adaptation
Héctor Sagrario Engineer
Enrico Romano Engineer
Danilo Ballo Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Duda Mello Engineer
Andres Bermudez Engineer
Clay Perry Programming
Felipe Tichauer Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Alexandre Pires Composer, Producer
M. Alejandro Arranger
Alex Angeloni Engineer
Julio C. Reyes Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Alex Andrade Photo Assistance
Bob Benozzo Programming, Engineer, Mastering
Pedro Ferreira Arranger, Composer, Director, Producer
Nico Bloise Engineer
Luciane Ferraz Photo Assistance
Mauricio Gasca Programming
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