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Suavemente
     

Suavemente

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by Elvis Crespo
 

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This diminutive Puerto Rican singer joined the Latin music firmament with one of the biggest selling merengue albums of all time, 1998's inescapable Suavemente. Boasting a title track so durable that Crespo's recorded it at least a dozen times over with slight variations, Suavemente carved a new niche in the highly formulaic world of merengue with a new

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This diminutive Puerto Rican singer joined the Latin music firmament with one of the biggest selling merengue albums of all time, 1998's inescapable Suavemente. Boasting a title track so durable that Crespo's recorded it at least a dozen times over with slight variations, Suavemente carved a new niche in the highly formulaic world of merengue with a new formula. Slowing down the music's breakneck beat to better accommodate the undulating piano montunos that carry the songs' irresistible melodies, then jacking up the low end to showcase the Bootsy Collins-style bass lines, Crespo's producers capitalize on the urban popularity of merengue, delivering a sound equally at home alongside current hip-hop and R&B as it is next to salsa. The result became the first merengue album to go gold in nearly a decade, back when the urbane Juan Luis Guerra was synonymous with the D.R.'s music. For his part, Crespo, a onetime vocalist for Grupo Mania, is more enamored of Air Supply and other questionable pop outfits. With his keening voice and androgynous elfin looks, Crespo speaks volumes about gender roles in Latin music. But his perfect single "Suavemente" speaks louder still - to the hips.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Terry Jenkins
Elvis Crespo's Suavemente is a wonderfully seductive collection of romantic Latin ballads highlighted by "Nuestra Cancion," "Me Arrepiento," "Tu Sonrisa," "Yo Me Morire," "Llorando," "�Porque?," "Te Vas" and the title track. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/1998
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0037628263425
catalogNumber:
82634
Rank:
25387

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Crespo   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Miguel Gonzalez   Bass
Luis Aquino   Trumpet
Henry Garcia   Background Vocals
Hector Herreras   Percussion,Conga
Maximo Torres   Requinto
Jose Diaz   Saxophone
Richard Marcell   Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Jose Dario del Rosario   Tamboura
Raldy Vázquez   Background Vocals
Luis A. Cruz   Piano
Roberto Cora   Background Vocals
Juan "Tun Tun" Castro   Background Vocals
Alexis Fratacelli   Guiro

Technical Credits

Jose Gazmey   Executive Producer
Israel Raynoso Casado   Arranger
Richard Marcell   Arranger,Director
Ricky Marti   Engineer
Marcos Carrera   Arranger
Luis A. Cruz   Producer
Elvis Crespo   Producer
Roberto Cora   Arranger,Producer
Papo Rios   Producer
Juan "Tun Tun" Castro   Arranger

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Suavemente 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Luna Llena and Suavemente are my all time merengue favourites, I just love dancing to them. This album is a lot better than Pintamé, I recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ELVIS LOVE THIS SONG ITS VERY POWERFULL TO DANCE .. I LIKE IT A LOT.