Paso a Paso

Paso a Paso

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by Luis Fonsi
     
 

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When one thinks of Puerto Rican artists, the word that has generally come to mind over the years -- at least before the rise of reggaeton -- is "salsa." Salsa as in Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Rodriguez, See more details below

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When one thinks of Puerto Rican artists, the word that has generally come to mind over the years -- at least before the rise of reggaeton -- is "salsa." Salsa as in Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Rodriguez, Hector Lavoe, and Willie Colón. Salsa as in el Gran Combo, la Sonora Ponceña, and el Conjunto Clasico. But while many Puerto Ricans (along with Cubans, who invented salsa rhythms like son, cha cha, mambo, guaguancó, and danzon) have made valuable contributions to salsa, being Puerto Rican doesn't automatically mean being salsa-oriented. There are Puerto Rican popsters as well, including Luis Fonsi. Instead of catering to the tropical market, Fonsi has gone for an across-the-board appeal in the Spanish-speaking world -- and he continues in that Latin pop vein on Paso a Paso, which is definitely one of his stronger, more consistent releases. Fonsi hasn't always had great material to work with (his first English-language-oriented album, Fight the Feeling, was a disappointment), but this time, the songs (many of which he co-wrote) are above average. Paso a Paso is, by Latin standards, Top 40 fare -- and while the disc has a lot of adult contemporary appeal, Fonsi brings a bit of a rock edge to some of the tunes (especially "Por una Mujer," "Para Mi," and the soaring "Arropame"). Paso a Paso (which was mostly produced by Sebastian Krys) has some light ballads (including "Vivo Muriendo" and "Me Lo Dice el Alma"), but there are plenty of up-tempo items as well. Fonsi opts for variety, and it serves him well on Paso a Paso -- which, for all its sleekness and pop gloss, has plenty of meat on its bones. Those who have found some of Fonsi's previous albums to be uneven and inconsistent will be glad to know that Paso a Paso is a keeper.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Universal Latino
UPC:
0602498827994
catalogNumber:
000488102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luis Fonsi   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bill Goodwin   Viola
Lee Levin   Drums
Dan Warner   Guitar
Ron Taylor   Hammond Organ,Moog Synthesizer,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Alfredo Oliva   Violin,Concert Master
Huifang Chen   Violin
Scott Flavin   Violin
Orlando J. Forte   Violin
Chris Glansdorp   Cello
Mei Mei Luo   Violin
Joan Faigen   Violin
Miami Symphonic Strings   Strings
John Falcone   Bass
Debra Spring   Viola

Technical Credits

Claudia Brant   Composer
Mike Couzzi   Engineer
Carlos Pérez   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Sebastián Krys   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Juan Carlos Perez-Soto   Composer
Antonio Baglio   Mastering
Bárbara Larrinaga   Composer
Elsten Creole Torres   Composer
Luis Fonsi   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Amaury Gutiérrez   Composer
Juan Antonio Salazar   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Jeeve   Audio Production
Noel Schajris   Composer
John Falcone   Arranger
Raul Justiniano   Graphic Design

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