Latina

Latina

by Thalía

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Overview

There is a reason that Thalia is a global pop culture icon. It goes beyond her hits and the telenovelas of the 1980s and '90s that drew more viewers than the World Cup, and completely transcends the continued -- and appalling -- general Anglo ignorance about her music. Her musical appetite is enormous; she is adept at plugging into the zeitgeist on the charts and reinventing it in her own image. Latina is her 13th studio album, and was ably produced by Sergio George. This set picks up where 2014's Amore Mio left off. It seamlessly synthesizes pop styles and Latin traditions. Opener (and first single) "Desde Esa Noche" features a guest spot by Colombian sensation Maluma: Reggaeton is juxtaposed against mariachi horns and cumbian accordion. The skittering beats and pulsing bassline are exhortations to the dancefloor. It's not the only collaboration here, either. "De Ti," with vallenato superstar Silvestre Dangond, manages a reinvention of Colombia's longstanding pop sound through the lenses of bachata and just a touch of early rock (à la doo wop), driven by whomping club beats. Reggaeton and old-school cumbia meet head on in "Todavia Ti Quero" featuring De La Ghetto. "Frutas" is a burning, funky salsa with Chiky Bom Bom "La Pantera" and one of the strongest cuts here. Omi and Jacob Forever claim the mike at the beginning of the floor strutter "Todo (Poso Se Thelo)" -- in English -- with Thalia offering the syncopated choruses and final verses in both Spanish and English. The dropped basslines are killer. The fine participation of guests aside, the rest of what's here reveals that Thalia could have carried this set on her own. Check the powerful second single, "Vuélveme a Querer." It begins as a tender pop ballad and transforms itself into a Latin rock anthem in waltz time. While "Tiki Tiki Ta (Uno Momento)" is slick, razor-sharp modern cumbia, "Pena Negra" is a passionate update of Afro Cuban son. "Enemigos," by turn, is a slow, sultry, steamy salsa. Old-school fans have plenty to enjoy here, too: "Te Encontraré" is a fist-pumping Latin pop song, while the classy midtempo ballad "Poquita Fe" contains jazzy arrangements for nylon-string guitar and horns. Closer "Vivir Junto a Ti" is classic Thalia. Latina is more consistent than Amore Mio. The album's songwriting (by a slew of the best Latin music has to offer) is inspired, canny, and sharp, as are the performances and George's production. But it's more than that. Thalia has nothing to prove. She could easily have made a pop album for fans and they would have been satisfied. That she took such creative risks in trying to engage new listeners -- at this juncture in her career -- reaffirms not only her stature, but her ambition and confidence as an artist.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2016
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0889853032020
catalogNumber: 530320
Rank: 45805

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thalía   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano,Hammond B3
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Doug Emery   Keyboards
Lee Levin   Drums
Marc Quiñones   Percussion,Conga
Juan Salazar   Conductor
Sergio George   Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Dan Warner   Guitar,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Víctor González   Piano
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Armando Ávila   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musical Direction,Hammond B3
Alvaro Cabarcas   Piano
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass
Guillermo Vadala   Bass
Jose Aguirre   Trumpet,Bass Trumpet,Musical Direction
Carlos Guerrero   Percussion
Luis Sandoval   Bass
Guianko Gómez   Background Vocals
William Paredes   Trombone
Juan Mario "Mayito" Aracil   Drums
Adelmo Granados   Accordion
Luis Ortega   Keyboards,Musical Direction
Diego Camacho   Percussion,Bongos,Timbales
Cory Rooney   Drums
Caliche Sabogal   Percussion
Gianko Gomez   Background Vocals
Pablo Uribe   Guitar
Mauricio Rengifo   Musical Direction
Julio Valdes   Bass
Edgar Barrera   Guitar
Eri Carranco   Background Vocals
Carlos Galvez   Piano
Jair Alcalá   Accordion
Andres Torres   Drums,Musical Direction
Beatriz Cesar Llanes   Background Vocals
Sharo Torres   Keyboards,Musical Direction
Richard Stella   Trombone
Julia Valdés   Bass
Elkin Medina   Bass
Lucas Dangond   Accordion
Juan Daniel Melgarejo   Percussion,Conga
Harlinson Murillo   Clarinet,Saxophone
Gustavo Serna   Guitar
Guacharaca Reynaldo Ortiz   Accordion
Giuseppe Gallo   Guitar,Requinto
Gerardo Pérez   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Michael Thompson   Engineer
Bobby Capó   Composer
Thalía   Composer
Alejandro Fernández   Composer
Issac Delgado   Composer
Doug Emery   Engineer
Eric Erickson   Engineer
Lee Levin   Engineer
Mills Logan   Engineer
Tommy Mottola   Composer,Executive Producer
Juan Salazar   String Arrangements
Sergio George   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Dan Warner   Arranger,Engineer
Valentino   Composer
Richard Bravo   Engineer
Armando Ávila   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Abelardo Rivera   Engineer
Manuel Guillermo   Engineer
Jose Aguirre   Arranger
Homero Aguilar   Composer
Thalia Sodi   Executive Producer
Pablo Arraya   Engineer
Junichi Murakawa   Engineer
Francesc Freixes   Artwork
Juan Mario "Mayito" Aracil   Engineer
Konstantinos Pantzis   Composer
Joey Montana   Composer
Amerika Jimenez   Composer
Javier Mugno   Engineer
Luis Ortega   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Cory Rooney   Composer,Producer
Edwin Lozano   Engineer
Pablo Uribe   Arranger,Composer
Mauricio Rengifo   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Marcela De La Garza   Composer
Juan David   Engineer
Edgar Barrera   Composer,Engineer
Josh Murty   Engineer
Antonio Rayo Gibo   Composer
Jair Alcalá   Engineer
Milos Roganovic   Composer
Jhoanna Rosero   Engineer
Andres Torres   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Mitchell Delgado   Composer
Hristodoulos Siganos   Composer
Juan Luis Londoño   Composer
Sebastián Obando   Composer
Sharo Torres   Arranger,Rhythm Programming
Filip Miletic   Composer
Chiky Bom Bom "La Pantera"   Composer
Nicolás Ladrón De Guevara   Engineer
Maria Adelaida Agudelo   Composer
Lissette Eduardo Cleto   Composer
Garcia Salcedo   Engineer

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