This raven-haired Puerto Rican singer has made the Dominican Republic's merengue her very own. With her signature wildcat growl and impassioned delivery, Tañón has become one of Latin music's biggest stars and Llevame Contigo, the album that returned her to full-throttle dance music after well received dalliances in ballads and Mexican pop, proved that there was enough of Olga to go around. Featuring the hyperactive single "Serpiente Mala" as well as the hit "Que Bailen Los Niños" written by PR popster Nava, the album presents her in a variety of settings, from flamenco-hued merengue to salsa. Coupled with fellow boricua Elvis Crespo's inescapable Suavemente, Llevame Contigo ushered in a new era of pop viability for the music of the Dominican Republic, reining in merengue's frenetic pace and boosting the melodic appeal of the music's jubilant piano montunos and dive-bombing bass runs. But it was Tañón's feminist message and active role in both her recording and marketing that helped drag the music out of its most macho excesses. Viva Olga!
|Label:||Warner Music Latina|