Into the Light

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
In early 1990, when she was one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Gloria Estefan suffered a broken vertebrae when her tour bus was struck in an accident, and her miraculous recovery from that near tragedy greatly informed her successive album, Into the Light. Though often noted as a "comeback" album, that descriptor is misleading. Yes, Into the Light is a comeback -- a comeback from her accident, that is. It's not a comeback in the sense that her previous album, Cuts Both Ways, had been a failure or even a disappointment. No, Estefan hadn't fallen off, so to speak, with that album. Quite the opposite. It was a monster hit, breaking into the Top Ten and scoring a ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
In early 1990, when she was one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Gloria Estefan suffered a broken vertebrae when her tour bus was struck in an accident, and her miraculous recovery from that near tragedy greatly informed her successive album, Into the Light. Though often noted as a "comeback" album, that descriptor is misleading. Yes, Into the Light is a comeback -- a comeback from her accident, that is. It's not a comeback in the sense that her previous album, Cuts Both Ways, had been a failure or even a disappointment. No, Estefan hadn't fallen off, so to speak, with that album. Quite the opposite. It was a monster hit, breaking into the Top Ten and scoring a couple of high-charting ballads: "Don't Wanna Lose You" and "Here We Are." It also marked a drastic shift away from the unabashed dance-pop of her Miami Sound Machine output toward a more respectable adult contemporary appeal. This shift affected not only her image but also her audience as a result, and that shift is even more apparent on Into the Light. In fact, the shift seems complete, as this is full-fledged adult contemporary album with serious themes and toned-down production. It sounds pleasant while playing, for sure, smoothly gliding from one song to the next, highlighted by a pair of memorable singles: the hit ballad "Coming Out of the Dark" and the cooing singalong "Live for Loving You." But there's not much else here that's all that exciting. In fact, Into the Light is so streamlined and safe that it seems plain and even bland, if not outright boring. Sure, Estefan's work with Miami Sound Machine had been silly and adolescent at times, but it was fun and lively, too. For every cheeseball song like "Surrender" or "Love Toy," you would get a pop gem like "1-2-3" or "Betcha Say That," not to mention the token slow-dance ballads and get-on-your-feet jams. But to lament the end of Miami Sound Machine is beside the point, for Estefan would move on after Into the Light to make occasionally exciting albums like Mi Tierra. The thing is, from this point forward in her career, Estefan's best work would almost always be Latin in nature. Yet for those listeners not interested in the sticky-sweet dance-pop of Miami Sound Machine or the Latin confetti of her latter-day highlights, there are albums like Cuts Both Ways and Into the Light, albums that aim for widespread adult contemporary appeal. And as far as those such albums go, they don't get much more inspired than this "comeback" album, which admittedly was wonderfully triumphant upon its 1991 holiday season release, when it soared to number five on the Billboard 200 chart, driven largely by its chart-topping lead single, "Coming Out of the Dark."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886971112627
  • Catalog Number: 711126
  • Sales rank: 131,133

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gloria Estefan Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Betty Wright Background Vocals
Arturo Sandoval Trumpet
Jon Secada Background Vocals
Randy Barlow Trumpet
Jorge Casas Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
John DeFaria Guitar
Emilio Estefan Jr. Conga
Anita Faye Green Background Vocals
Clovette Hilton Background Vocals
Namphuyo Aisha McCray Background Vocals
Tom McWilliams drum overdubs
Brian Monroney Guitar
Angelo Morris Piano
Teddy Mulet Trombone, Trumpet
Clay Ostwald Piano, Keyboards
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Carl Ramsey Background Vocals
Scott Shapiro Guitar
Rod Wilson Background Vocals
Jeannette Wright-Black Background Vocals
Juan R. Marquez 12-string Guitar
Mike Scaglione Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Robert Rodriguez Drums
Technical Credits
Gloria Estefan Arranger, Programming
Betty Wright Vocal Arrangements
Jon Secada Arranger, Programming, Vocal Arrangements
Jorge Casas Arranger, Programming, Producer
Emilio Estefan Jr. Producer
Patrice Wilkinson Levinsohn Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Tom McWilliams Arranger, Programming
Clay Ostwald Arranger, Programming, Producer
Phil Ramone Arranger, Engineer
Scott Shapiro Arranger, Programming
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Keith "KC" Cohen Arranger
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Eric Schilling Engineer
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