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Artist: Jenni Rivera
Album: Paloma Negra Desde Monterrey (Live/Deluxe)
Songs: "La Mentada Contestada," "Paloma Negra"
Notes: Paloma Negra Desde Monterey (Live/Deluxe) is the last part of a trilogy of albums that highlight the last performance of regional Mexican star Jenni Rivera who died in a plane crash shortly after her Monterrey Arena show on Dec. 9, 2012. There are no major surprises on this banda themed album as there is no new material, but the 25 songs show Rivera in her element as the Diva of Banda. She easily performs dozens of songs at her shows that require some heavy lifting vocally and Rivera did that effortlessly. The songs are often about love gone awry and it is Rivera's passionate performances that moved women who she always aimed to empower through music. The album's "Paloma Negra" is soulful and bittersweet, while "La Mentada Contesteda" is about telling a lover what to do with his indiscretions.
Artist: Helado Negro
Album: Private Energy
Songs: "Lengua Larga," "Young Latin and Proud"
Notes: Helado Negro, also known as Roberto Carlos Lange, returns with his fifth album of music that highlights his soothing vocals; songs that are experimental and thoughtful as Lange creates music that's not necessarily a fit for one specific genre. It's a meditative experience that's anchored through a variety of musical elements from soft rock to electro pop in compositions that are accessible to English and Spanish language audiences alike. "Larga Lengua" is hypnotic, while "Young, Latin and Proud" is atmospheric and a song about identity and culture. Lange is Ecuadorian American and is currently on tour across the U.S."
Artist: Franco de Vita
Songs: "Ya No Te Creo"
Notes: We have two Venezuelans today on my end. Two veterans with a young vibe. Singer songwriter Franco de Vita, whose new album Libre is out today, is back with a set of new songs. De Vita is known for his very melodic, Italian-tinged songs (he’s half Italian). His music is wonderful, and through the years, he’s been known for mentoring young acts and featuring them in his albums and shows. In Libre, he has a few really cool pairings, including this one with Edwin Luna and La Trakalosa de Monterrey, a regional Mexican band. It’s very up tempo, very Mexican but very Franco. I spoke with him recently and he said that he’s at a stage in his life where he wants to do, and say, whatever he pleases.
Artist: Yordano with Carlos Vives
Album: El Tren de los Regresos
Notes: Singer/songwriter Yordano is currently undergoing treatment for a blood disorder, but in the midst of his struggle, his friends got together to pay homage to him and his music. Yordano is not as well known here in the U.S., but his songs were huge hits especially in Venezuela and Colombia in the 1990s. Here, artists like Andres Cepeda, Kany Garcia, Ricardo Montaner, Franco de Vita were initially going to cover is songs. Then Yordano said, he wanted in too! The track, "Manantial," with Carlos Vives, is one of my favorites.