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Soy Diferente

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2006
  • Label: Univision Music Grp
  • UPC: 808834000421
  • Catalog Number: 340004
  • Sales rank: 59,424

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soy Diferente - Cheka (3:37)
  2. 2 Solamente una Noche (4:16)
  3. 3 Un Amor Obsesivo (4:36)
  4. 4 Cuando Hieres a una Mujer - Ivy Queen (3:52)
  5. 5 No Es lo Mismo - Tito Nieves (4:13)
  6. 6 Lágrimas (4:13)
  7. 7 Tengo Que Dejarte Ir (4:39)
  8. 8 Soy Diferente - Cheka (3:32)
  9. 9 Madre E Hija (4:00)
  10. 10 Solamente una Noche (3:37)
  11. 11 Bugarrón (3:18)
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Album Credits

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 Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer
Sergio George Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Isidro Infante Arranger, Producer, Vocal Producer
Jose Blanco Mastering
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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