Santo Pecado

Santo Pecado

by Ricardo ArjonaRicardo Arjona


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Following one of his most daring albums to date, Galería Caribe (2000), Ricardo Arjona returns to the symphonic pop
ock style of his 1990s efforts on Santo Pecado. While it's not one of his masterworks, Santo Pecado is nonetheless a well-crafted album with at least a half-dozen great songs. Those fans who were disappointed with Arjona's rather surprising turn toward tropical music on Galería Caribe should find this album more familiar in style. Others might find it overly familiar. In many ways, it's similar in style to Sin Daños a Terceros (1998) or any of Arjona's mid-'90s efforts, albeit with a more refined range of pop
ock styles. No doubt to the chagrin of hard rock fans (i.e., those fans who prefer "Mujeres" to "Jésus Verbo No Substantivo"), Santo Pecado has a number of songs in a symphonic style similar to "Buenas Noches Don David" from Sin Daños a Terceros and they're sequenced intermittently. These symphonic songs are fine in and of themselves, showcasing Arjona's versatility as a singer/songwriter. Most impressive is "La Nena (Bitácora de un Secuestro)," an eight-minute symphonic epic with dramatic bursts of electric guitar and crashing drums. The problem is that Arjona's orchestral flights of fancy too often disrupt the momentum of the album. Take for example "Quesos, Cosas, Casas," a pleasant enough song that is unfortunately sequenced in the midst of the album-opening rock highlights "El Problema," "Dame," and "Minutos" and just begs to be skipped over. While the abrupt shifts in momentum can be frustrating, a few of the slower songs are quite extraordinary, in particular "Mujer de Lujo," "Me Dejaste," and "Amarte a Ti," the latter of which is not to be overlooked at the end of the album. Needless to say, Arjona's songwriting is masterful. Even if the musical style of a particular song isn't to one's liking, the lyrics are always a wonder to behold.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/2002
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0037628456421
catalogNumber: 84564

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricardo Arjona   Primary Artist
Robert Adcock   Cello
Kim Bullard   Hammond Organ
Vinnie Colaiuta   Bateria
George Doering   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Autoharp,Steel Guitar,Ukulele,Koto,Mandoline
Assa Drori   String Quartet
Mike Englander   Timpani
Jerry Epstein   Viola,String Quartet
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Maurice Grants   Cello
Dan Higgins   Clarinet
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Dennis Molchan   Violin
Irma Neumann   Violin
Barbara Northcutt   Oboe
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
David Shostac   Flute
Kurt Snyder   French Horn
Neil Stubenhaus   Bajo Sexto
Cecilia Tsan   Cello,String Quartet
Francine Walsh   Violin
David Young   Double Bass
Shari Zippert   Violin
Patricia Aiken   Violin
Daniel Smith   Cello
Renita Koven   Viola
Mark Baranov   Violin
Julie Rogers   Violin
Lisa Sutton   Violin
Armando Montiel   Percussion
Johana Krejci   Violin
Andrew Picken   Viola
Jacqueline Suzuki   Violin
David Torrens   Coros
Kristin Fife   Violin
Hershberger   Violin
Fernando Otero   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Mini Moog
Elizabeth Meza   Coros
Lynn Grants   Viola
Tiffiany Yi Hu   Violin
Jennifer Munday   Violin,String Quartet
Rose Corrigan   Fagotes
North Wood   Violin
Davis Young   String Quartet
Hector del Curto   Bandoneon
John Hayhurst   Viola
Frances Moore   Violin
Samuel Formicola   Viola
Ericka Syroid   Violin
Joel Hernandez   Coros
James Atkinson   French Horn
Victor Patron   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ricardo Arjona   Arranger,Producer
Chris Gehringer   Engineer
Benny Faccone   Engineer
Isaias Garcia   Engineer
Fernando Otero   Arranger,Producer
José Antonio Valencia   General Coordination
Hector del Curto   Contributor
Ben Wish   Engineer
Victor Patron   Arranger

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Santo Pecado 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you think you haven't found one good Latin artist, meet el Sr. Ricardo Arjona! From the beginning of his career, he has made it his business to write all the words and music for his albums, as well as providing a socially conscious message. He's a master of his craft and brings more to his music than just a hit, (which he does repeatedly). Each of his songs gives you a perfect picture of what's on his mind. Whether it's social issues, love, anger, sadness, politics, his children, religion, or the occassional whimsy, it is all written down with purpose and makes his words all the more poignant. He is by far the greatest, current Latin artist. He's a man apart from all other artists because his music actually means something to him besides a big check. You can see that in the words he writes, not those provided to him by a record label. His music is very touching, thought provoking, and amazing! No other artist has the forward thinking, music style, talent, or bohemian attitude all wrapped up so well. Each album comes out better than the last, and with time he's only gotten better! He is the MASTER!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago