Estrella Guia [Portuguese Version]

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On his third solo outing, Brazilian crooner Alexandre Pires, formerly lead vocalist of Só Pra Contrariar, 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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
On his third solo outing, Brazilian crooner Alexandre Pires, formerly lead vocalist of Só Pra Contrariar, 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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 743219856722
  • Catalog Number: 13342
  • Sales rank: 223,579

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexandre Pires Primary Artist, Percussion, Cavaco, Versao
Rene Toledo Guitar
Alejandro Sanz Guitar
Daniel Grace Coro
Chocolate Bateria
Bidinho Trumpet
Antonio Carmona Guitar, Percussion
Jose Miguel Carmona Guitar
Walmir Gil Trumpet
Julio Hernandez Bass
Orlando Hernandez Bateria
Alceu Reis Cello
Elio Rivagli Bateria
Rick Amado Violin
Luis Dulzaides Percussion
Dan Warner Guitar
Lincoln Olivetti Keyboards
Jesuina Noronha Passaroto Viola
Jose Carlos Ramos Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Michel Bessler Violin
Paschoal Perrota Violin
Carlos Eduardo Hack Violin
Bernardo Bessler Violin
Jose Alves Violin
Estéfano Coro
Fernando Illán Bass
Marcelo Martins Alto Saxophone
Joao Daltro Violin
Glauco Imasato Violin
Helena Akiku Imasato Violin
Zigmunt Kubala Cello
Cacá Malaquias Alto Saxophone
Marcio Eymard Malard Cello
Jessé Sadoc Trumpet
Jorge Salim Violin
Bruno Zuchetti Bass, Keyboards
Lourenco Olegario Coro
Esguleba Percussion
Emanuele Ruffinengo Piano, Keyboards
Carlos Colla Versao
Alejandro DeLeon Viola
Alejandro Ramirez Violin
Alexandre Cunha Violin
Mauricio Takeda Violin
Claudio Rosa Bass
Laércio Da Costa Percussion
Danilo Ballo Keyboards, Coro
Danny Costa Percussion
Vitor Alcantara Tenor Saxophone
Dayan Abad Electric Guitar
Clay Perry Keyboards
Marçal Percussion
Lena Coro
Denner Campolina Bass
Carlinhos Pessosa Coro
Bob Benozzo Bass, Keyboards
Pedro Ferreira Piano, Keyboards, Loops, Choir Director, Vocal Director
Marquinhos Arcanjo Viola
Cinzia Astolfi Coro
Angie Bao Bateria
Marie Christine S. Bessler Viola
Jeff Broderick Synthesizer Guitar
Nelson Cano Percussion
Ivan Decloedt Bass
Cláudio DeVecchi Guitar
Dudu Falcão Versao
Heitor Fujunami Violin
Aldo Gouveia Coro
Paulo Valderrama Bass
Serginho Tombone Trombone
Tato Icastro Piano
Sinfônica de Miami Cordas
Bráulio Kima Cello
Ricardo Kubala Viola
Rogério Rosa Violin
Paula Ribeiro Coro
Cristian Rapp Violin
Fabiana Moreira Coro
Technical Credits
Antonio Carmona Producer
Walter Lima Mastering
Jota Moraes String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Rudy Pérez Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ross Vannelli Composer
Bruce Weeden Engineer
Sérgio Bittencourt Artistic Director
Freddy Piñero Jr. Engineer
Rafael Ferro String Arrangements
Lincoln Olivetti Arranger, Brass Arrangment
Eduardo Costa Engineer
Adrian Posse Composer
Juan Vincente Zambrano Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Manuel Alejandro Arranger, Composer
Estéfano Composer
Fernando Illán Producer
Rey Nerio Producer
Gustavo Celis Engineer
Dario Moscatelli Composer
Bruno Zuchetti Arranger, Programming, Engineer
Emanuele Ruffinengo Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Karla Aponte Adaptation
Carlos Colla Adaptation
Héctor Sagrario Engineer
Enrico Romano Engineer
Danilo Ballo Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Duda Mello Engineer
Andres Bermudez Engineer
Clay Perry Programming
Felipe Tichauer Engineer
Alexandre Pires Composer, Producer
Fernando Pires Composer
Alex Angeloni Engineer
Julio C. Reyes Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Bob Benozzo Programming, Engineer, Mastering
Pedro Ferreira Composer, Producer
Nico Bloise Engineer
Dudu Falcão Adaptation
Richard Serrotta Engineer
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