Gloria Estefan,
Oye Mi Canto: Los Exitos
(Sony BMG, 2006)

A top-100 bestselling singer in the vanguard of the Latin music explosion and winner of seven Grammy Awards, Gloria Estefan isn't hurting for fans.

If you're already a fan of this Cuban-born pop artist, many of the 18 tracks on Oye Mi Canto: Los Exitos are already favorites. If you're not, this is a good introduction since it comprises all in one the best of several previous Spanish-language albums that, over the past 20-some years, veered sharply from the pop-rock roots that made her famous in the late 1980s. This album includes "Con Los Anos Que Me Quedan" from Mi Tierra, "Abriendo Puertas" and "Tres Deseos," both from 1995's Abriendo Puertas, and "Tu Fotografia" from Amor Y Suerte. All were chart-toppers in their field.

The album offers a lovely and interesting mix of traditional Cuban, Salsa and Mexican-inspired music, guaranteed to provide hours of pleasant listening. One thing lacking is a translation of lyrics for non-Spanish-speaking listeners. But you don't have to understand the language to enjoy the music.

review by
John R. Lindermuth

6 March 2010

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