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Soy Diferente
     

Soy Diferente

by India
 
Following the '90s, a decade in which she rose to iconic status amid the contemporary salsa scene, India was relatively quiet, releasing an album every few years or so, without all the fanfare she enjoyed during the '90s. Soy Diferente is one of those post-'90s albums, and like its predecessor, Latin Songbird: Mi Alma y Corazón, it

Overview

Following the '90s, a decade in which she rose to iconic status amid the contemporary salsa scene, India was relatively quiet, releasing an album every few years or so, without all the fanfare she enjoyed during the '90s. Soy Diferente is one of those post-'90s albums, and like its predecessor, Latin Songbird: Mi Alma y Corazón, it arrived after a few years of inactivity. Its modest release belies its exceptionality, however. Soy Diferente isn't just another India album. It's different -- well, a little different. For the most part, the album does include the kind of slickly produced, exuberantly sung salsa that had long been India's stock-in-trade. For instance, "Solamente una Noche," one of the album's standout songs, would fit nicely on one of her many greatest-hits albums, where you likely wouldn't presume that the song was from 2006 rather than 1996. So, from that standpoint, the bulk of Soy Diferente is sure to please longtime India fans, who generally are happy to have more of the same. What makes this album a little different from past ones is the integration of reggaeton on a few songs. Perhaps it was inevitable, given reggaeton's sweeping popularity among young urban Latinos, but still, those trademark galloping beats do sound striking within the context of an India album. And they strike you right away, in the opening minute of the very first song: the "Salsatón" version of the title track. The fusion of reggaeton and salsa on this song is tastefully done, rest assured. And following this opening song, the subsequent numbers are mostly straight salsa like you'd expect, until the latter quarter of the album, that is, when India reprises the title track in a straight reggaeton version and the aforementioned "Solamente una Noche" likewise. These straight reggaeton versions don't work as well as the "Salsatón" fusion of the album opener, but they do work and they are mighty interesting to hear. If anything, you must credit India for trying something new. Lastly, it's worth singling out another highlight, "Cuando Hieres a una Mujer," which boasts a feature from reggaeton superstar Ivy Queen that kicks the song into high gear, accompanied again by those infectious galloping beats. It's moments like these that make Soy Diferente a relatively exciting latter-day India release, which is saying quite a bit, given her numerous high-quality albums over the years and her decade-plus of overall activity. Above all, it's nice to hear her still sounding vibrant and willing to try new sounds and approaches.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2006
Label:
Univision Music Grp
UPC:
0808834000421
catalogNumber:
340004

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Performance Credits

India   Primary Artist,Coros
Sal Cuevas   Bass
Nelson "Gasu" Jaime   Trumpet
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Marc Quiñones   Bongos,Conga,Timbales
Bernd Schoenhart   Acoustic Guitar
Johnny Torres   Bass
Jorge Diaz   Trombone
Nelson Gonzalez   Coros
Angel "Angie" Machado   Trumpet
Sergio George   Piano,Keyboards
Alberto Barros   Trombone
Isidro Infante   Piano,Keyboards
Raul Agraz   Trumpet
Pedro Perez   Bass
Darvel Garcia   Coros
Pablo Santaella   Trombone
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass
Angel Rosario   Coros
Robert Vilera   Percussion,Timbales
Douglas Guevara   Bongos,Conga,Guiro
Diomedes Matos   Bass
Joe Fiedler   Trombone
Dante Vargas   Trumpet
Joseph Julian Gonzalez   Coros
Jesus "El Traviezo" Quintero   Percussion
Gaitán Bros.   Piano,Keyboards,Coros
Marco Linares   Acoustic Guitar
Cheka   Track Performer
Héctor "Wichy" Camacho   Coros
Juan Diego Gallego López   Bongos,Conga

Technical Credits

India   Composer
Emilio Estefan   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sergio George   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Isidro Infante   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Producer
Héctor Ivan Rosa   Engineer
Jorge Luis Piloto   Composer
Guido Diaz   Engineer
Alberto Gaitán   Engineer
Tony Mardini   Engineer
Herman "Teddy" Mulet   Arranger
Jake R. Tanner   Engineer
Billie Pechenik   Studio Coordinator
Gaitán Bros.   Arranger
Marco Linares   Composer
Israel "PT" Najera   Engineer
Franz Diubell Ortega   Arranger,drum programming
Rafael Pina   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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