Trópico

Trópico

by Ricardo Arjona
     
 
Trópico is yet another in a series of Ricardo Arjona compilations, the third in three years, and while it's filled with high-quality music and is surely a welcome addition to his catalog, fans shouldn't mistake it for a new studio album. A quick glance at a track listing reveals that every other song is performed by Arjona and that the intervening others are

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Trópico is yet another in a series of Ricardo Arjona compilations, the third in three years, and while it's filled with high-quality music and is surely a welcome addition to his catalog, fans shouldn't mistake it for a new studio album. A quick glance at a track listing reveals that every other song is performed by Arjona and that the intervening others are performed by an impressive lineup of tropical music superstars, including Gilberto Santa Rosa, Víctor Manuelle, Elvis Crespo, Tito Nieves, Eddie Santiago, Melina León, and Huey Dunbar. Moreover, the songs themselves might look familiar, as they're all Arjona compositions: those performed by him are culled from his back catalog, primarily the one-off tropical effort Galería Caribe (2000), whereas those performed by others are covers that were originally released on Arjona Tropical (2001), a various-artists compilation arranged and produced by Angel "Cucco" Peña for Sony Music that went out of print years ago. In other words, fans with Galería Caribe and Arjona Tropical in their collections will already have the bulk of what's compiled on Trópico. In fact, there unfortunately isn't any new material on Trópico. Everything here is previously released. The few songs that aren't culled from Galería Caribe and Arjona Tropical are "Elle y El," a tropical ballad from Si el Norte Fuera el Sur (1996), and two re-recorded greatest hits from the double-disc best-of collection Quién Dijo Ayer (2007): a salsa version of "Historia de Taxi" performed in collaboration with Marc Anthony and a ska version of "Si el Norte Fuera el Sur" with Panteón Rococó. Though it's disappointing that there's nothing new on Trópico, particularly because it's yet another in a series of Arjona compilations, it's a worthwhile listen, especially for those unfamiliar with the out of print Arjona Tropical material. If anything, it's good to have all except two of the tracks from that excellent various-artists compilation back in print.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2009
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0886971052022
catalogNumber:
710520

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