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Juan Luis Guerra – Todo Tiene Su Hora

Following an extensive social media campaign Juan Luis Guerra has launched his twelfth studio album, Todo Tiene Su Hora. Together with his band 4.40 the 57-year-old Dominican superstar has recorded 10 songs with a total playing time of only 30 minutes. Nonetheless, the album is a rich supplement to his discography. Personally I find it better than his previous album Colección Cristiana that was released 2 years ago and was filled with a couple of old songs.

2014.11.14 Juan Luis Guerra - Todo Tiene Su Hora

The opening song of the cd is Cookies & Cream, a little cheesy merengue. It is followed by Tus Besos, a more carefully composed bachata which is also the album’s lead single. Canto A Colombia praises the country and people of Colombia and is an original blend of salsa and cumbia. The title song Todo Tiene Su Hora is a merengue and did also appeare prior to the album. It is followed by Dime Nora Mia, a typical Juan Luis Guerra salsa composition and melody. Para Que Sepas sounds very much like a Cuban bolero, especially because the beautiful hobo lines. Another merengue, and probably the most annoying song of the album because of its silly melody is El CapitánMuchachita Linda is a quiet and careful bachata and is followed by a fast salsa song, Todo Pasa. One can sense salsa is not Juan Luis Guerra’s domestic style, but there is no disputing about his songwriter qualities. The last song of the album is joined by fellow countryman Johnny Ventura and is a real merengue party!

The only song that has a videoclip is Tus Besos. The clip is in fact a little musical orchestrated by Juan Luis Guerra’s son who gave the clip a fifties theme.

Juan Luis Guerra has just completed a small Latin American tour together with Marc Anthony (Gigante2) and some shows also with Carlos Vives (Gigant3s). I don’t think he will build a tour around his new studio album (he hasn’t done so for his previous album either), but it would be exciting to hear some of his new material live on stage!

Zacarias Ferreira – Mi Gusta Todo De Ti

La Voz De La Ternura (The Voice Of Tenderness), better known as Zacarias Ferreira, is helping the bachata genre picking up steam with his latest album release Mi Gusta Todo De Ti. If you would leave out the urban bachateros, Zacarias is one of the most meritorious bachata singers of this time, broadcasting Dominican music like no other. With his distinctive and slightly hoarse voice Zacarias Ferreira remains consistent in the quality of his songs. For those who like to stick to the original sound of bachata, this album is a must have.

2014.05.09 Zacarias Ferreira - Mi Gusta Todo De Ti

The first song of the album, Si Pudiera, is immediately affirming the quality of the production, with the typical build up of a bachata song. Two other delightful songs are Ahora Sé Que Me Quieres and Mirando Las Estrellas. The surprise of the album would be the last song, Mi Compañera. Perhaps unintentionally, this uplifting merengue song is likely to be the biggest hit of the album.

Juan Luis Guerra – En Vivo

Juan Luis Guerra - Rotterdam
Saturday the 12th of October I had the privilege to attend the ‘ASonDeGuerra’ tour in Rotterdam. Although a slightly expensive and dutiful performance from Juan Luis Guerra, I could not have missed out.

The king of merengue nearly played for 2 hours, featuring his latest album complemented by a lot of hit-songs (aren’t they all?): A Pedir Su ManoLa BilirrubinaFrío Frío, Ojalá Que Llueva CaféLa Travesia, Para Ti, Como Yo and La Guagua. Together with a large band and bespoke video-animations to each song, a solid performance was put down. Among the merengue, bachata and salsa tunes, two songs were transcending the others in my personal opinion: El Niagara en Bicicleta and the duet Como Abeja al Panal.

The latin-ish crowd and good DJ’s prior to the show made it an excellent night to move your feet and sing along. If only there were more songwriters such as Juan Luis Guerra.