Reviewed by: DJ YJ 06/23/2016|
A compilation of Christmas and New Year’s songs by various Latin American artists of different styles, from Mexican Ranchera singers such as Juan Gabriel (El Divo de Juarez)
and Pedro Ferdandez to Celia Cruz, the queen of Salsa. Favorites: #3, #4, #5, #10,
1. (4:38) A slow, mellow, rendition of “White Christmas” in Spanish. Starts slow, then a rapid shift to a faster salsa beat starting at 1:14. Some improvisation and nice beats towards the end.
2. (3:49) Guitar arpeggios throughout the song. First part in Spanish, second part in English.
3. (3:30) Intro Spanish narration. Fast, cheerful beats that picks up throughout the song. Reminiscing and nostalgic remembrance of his love on Christmas eve.
4. (4:13) Celia Cruz, Cuban salsa legend. Deep, raspy but cheerful voice. Wonderful salsa beats.
5. (3:40 )Slow Mexican ranchera style song. The type of song you’d listen to while drunk and heartbroken over your lost love on Christmas eve. Pedro Fernandez.
6. (5:41) Synthesizer sounds, Bells , percussion, and xylophonic intro. Slow with sweet female vocals. Strings accompaniment. Coro of female voices at end. Gives a hopeful feeling and something to look forward to. A recovery from the previous bitter Christmas track.
7. (2:29) English. Deep electric bass beats over “Jingle Bell Rock”. Rock and roll feel and picks up in speed.
8. (3:49) Xylophone, marimba like percussion intro. Silent Night melody for 10 seconds, then transition to 80s like Latin pop feeling. Guitar arpeggios. A nice mix of both percussion, guitars, etc. Slightly husky like female vocals.
9. (4:43) Afro-Cuban jazz/salsa.. No vocals.
10. (3:57) Slow Mexican ranchera guitar beats. As always, tells a story of love, forgetting, heartbreak, and sorrows of a New Year’s eve.
11. (4:04) Nice 20 sec guitar intro. Bilingual English-> Spanish version of “Silent Night”. After all the drama and chisme, amor y desamor of this album, this song gives us some peace and positivity to in the coming year.
12. (2:29) Traditional high male vocals. Flutes in background. Definitely a holy feeling, but sounds like a musical story.