by Draco Rosa


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After an encounter with mortality, one tends to take stock of life with a sense of gratitude and renewed purpose. Robi Draco Rosa goes one better on Vida, his first recording after winning a battle with cancer. A quick look at the track listing, and one might think of this as a greatest-hits comp. And it is; but with so many twists and turns, and everything ambitiously re-arranged and re-recorded, that it becomes a dazzling new entry in the artist's already significant catalog. Rosa assembled a tremendous cast of guests from many parts of the Latin music world to re-record his hits. They include the current crop of Latin superstars, from Shakira and Juanes to urban artists such as Tego Calderón and Calle 13, bachata all-stars such as Romeo Santos, and even Latin rock & rollers Maná. To shrink the generational as well as genre boundaries, he also recruited legends such as Juan Luis Guerra, Rubén Blades, and José Feliciano. His contemporaries are also here: Ednita Nazario, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and even more. The overall tone of the set is simultaneously celebratory and reflective. The arrangements are full of elegant touches and surprises; they showcase the heart of these songs while opening them wider. Check the muted trumpet break in the soulful, easy-grooving "Penélope," with Maná, or the tropical breakdown in the last half of "Paraíso Prometido (Hay Que Llegar)," with Anthony. "El Tiempo Va," with Blades, is thoroughly re-imagined; it contains elements of old-school son and cancion -- with thoroughly modern production -- and features a sonorous cello, shimmering Rhodes piano, poignant 12-string, and deeply sensual singing. "Blanca Mujer," with Shakira, melds classic Latin pop, modern Latin soul, and folk forms including the ranchera, but once more, they are woven together in an entirely seductive and graceful manner. "Brujeíra," with Calderón, weaves grimy funk, hard rock, and trip-hop textures and there's a killer flamenco intro in the otherwise steamy, nocturnal, "Cómo Me Acuerdo," with Alejandro Sanz. Vida was one of the most anticipated Latin albums of 2013; it more than lives up to the anticipation. Classified as a Latin pop album, it will no doubt be acclaimed as such. But that's far from the whole story: Vida transcends genre limitations. It will appeal to virtually anyone who appreciates great songwriting, arranging, production, and, most of all, inspired performances. Rosa may have assembled this fine cast in order to celebrate life, but in doing so he has delivered what will undoubtedly be one of the best popular recordings of 2013. Period.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2013
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0887254663621
catalogNumber: 546636

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Draco Rosa   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Arreglos
José Feliciano   Guitar,Vocals
Rubén Blades   Vocals
Ricky Martin   Vocals
Ednita Nazario   Vocals
Alejandro Sanz   Vocals
Marc Anthony   Vocals
Alex Al   Bass
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Chris Bruce   Guitar
Luis Conte   Percussion
Juan Luis Guerra   Vocals
David Palmer   Keyboards
Anastasios Panos   Percussion,Bateria
David Piltch   Bass
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Jebin Bruni   Keyboards
Shakira   Vocals
Jack Payne   Vientos
Benny Faccone   Mezcla
Andrés Calamaro   Vocals
Enrique Bunbury   Vocals
Jorgen Carlsson   Bass
Alex González   Bateria
Sergio Vallin   Guitar
Juanes   Vocals
Ulises Lozano   Accordion
Tego Calderón   Vocals
Christian Nieves   cuatro
René Pérez   Vocals
Ali Helnwein   Cuerda
Armen Ksajikian   Cello
Hernan Mulet   Vientos
Statik   Keyboards
Juan Covarrubias   Keyboards
Seth Atkins Horan   Keyboards
MiMa   Vocals
Jose Cheito Quinones   Coro,Coros
String Box Ensemble   Cuerda
Romeo Santos   Vocals
Elverio Lucca   Vientos
Constance B. Adnes   Bateria
Blake   Bass,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Nelson "Gasu" Jaime   Engineer
David Palmer   Programming
Itaal Shur   Composer
Patrick Warren   Programming
Jebin Bruni   Programming
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Benny Faccone   Engineer
George Noriega   Composer,Producer,Direction,Vocal Producer
Angel "Cucco" Peña   Direction,Vocal Producer
Héctor Ivan Rosa   Engineer
Allan Leschhorn   Engineer
Luis Gómez Escolar   Composer
Fernando Quintana   Engineer
Angelo Medina   Executive Producer,Management,Booking
Fabian Serrano   Engineer
Tommy Torres   Engineer,Direction,Vocal Producer
Draco Rosa   Composer,Programming,Producer
Héctor Espinosa   Engineer
Ali Helnwein   String Arrangements
Carlos Velázquez   Engineer
Dave Clauss   Engineer
Sadaharu Yagi   Engineer
Statik   Programming
Juan Covarrubias   Programming
Seth Atkins Horan   Programming,Engineer
Diego Ríos   Art Direction
Enrique Larreal   Engineer
Jose Manuel Navarro   Composer
Diego Kuuk   Engineer
Blake   Programming

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