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Siembra

Willie Colón & Rubén Blades

1978

Siembra

Album Summary

Siembra (Planting) is the second studio album by Rubén Blades and Willie Colón, released by Fania Records in september 7, 1978. It is considered the best selling salsa album in the history of salsa music and Latin music.

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Rating

3.27

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4932

Genres

  • Salsa
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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

9/10. I like salsa music, but not usually enough that I can sit through 42 minutes of listening to it fairly actively. This had a lot more variety of sound than I am used to hearing in salsa, which is no doubt biased by me listening more closely to this, but still a very enjoyable album.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

I've never really listened to salsa before, but holy fuck. Throw me a bag of tortilla chips because this was delicious.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
2

I don't want to be that guy but literally all salsa sounds the same.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Je ne vous cache pas que je ne m'attendais pas, en lançant cet album, à accorder la note maximale, vous connaissez ma réputation. Trêves de plaisanteries, aujourd'hui je vous propose un petit quizz. Pour jouer c'est très simple, il vous suffit de répondre à la question suivante. Où ai-je rencontré le père de robpellemèle? Reponse A: Il est venu chercher rob à l'école après notre cours de Krautrock pour l'ammener à son cours de salsa. Reponse B: Nous nous sommes rencontrés lors d'un concert de Jethro Tull, après avoir apprécie ensemble le solo d'Aqualung. Réponse C: Le père de rob était en fait notre professeur de rock psychédèlique en classe de 4ème world. Pour jouer rien de plus simple, je vous invite à poster votre réponse sous la review de l'album de votre choix.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. Couldn't help but dance while listening. The songs flowed really nicely and the music itself was punchy yet not too in your face. Hasn't won my heart yet but definitely a good album

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Sat Mar 26 2022
1

Well.......This sucks. We should start a site "1001 Albums You Should Pass On Before You Die"

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

There are many excellent things about this album. The musicianship and production are clean and tight and the vocal delivery is energetic. I'm not terribly knowledgeable about salsa, but I was struck by the complexity of the harmonies and arrangement. Some of the bass work in particular was incredible. Overall, a great album that makes me want to learn about the various styles of Latin American music

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

We've had a handful of Latin jazz-y albums by now, enough where it can be difficult to differentiate. But this one is probably my favorite so far. Very vibrant, very danceable. A good time start to finish. I guess that's to be expected from a salsa album; I can hear the difference, but I'm not very knowledgeable. Regardless, this was a great listen. Fantastic instrument work, especially the percussion. I can see why this was such a smash hit. Favorite tracks: Buscando Guayaba, Pedro Navaja, Siembra, Plastico. Album art: The flowery border is cool, but the baby pictures just feel out of place. Doesn't seem '70s at all, let alone salsa music. Seems more like an Anne Geddes throwaway. Confusing, but I don't hate it. 4.5/5

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

It’s a samba party and everyone’s invited!

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

sooo good, stellar musicianship and the brass section is fantastic. Some of the songs are really long but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing given that it’s meant to be danced to. Lyrics were poetic and beautiful and even funny at times, and they’re sung with so much flair. 10/10, need to dance to this sometime

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

oooh salsa baby. yeah this was great. impeccable vibes and each song was different from the last. mwah

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

This was a surprisingly incredible album with ballads, bops, and even a banger or two.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

I was really surprised by liking this album as much as I did. I have never cared about Salsa in any sort of way, but this just sounded really good. It seems like it mus have been a blueprint for pretty much anything that was good about any Salsa album ever released after this one. It was a joy to listen to and sort of half-dance around in my chair while working (maybe this one is better for remote work than at the office though).

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Fantastic Salsa. Really enjoyable. Makes me realize I need to seek out more of this style.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Thanks for this. What a magnificent album.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

I love Hector Lavoe so this was right up my alley. That's mainly why I like it, not necessarily because of specific songs (though the first one is a banger), but because of the overall sound. It's the kind my mom will let me play out loud in the house lol.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

I like to hear more of this music but rock n roll of some bands that were rubbish.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Excelente

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Lush and beautiful

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

PR

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Fun to listen to, great for cooking to!

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

Me encanta.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

What a great album. Great vocals, lush instrumentation, catchy little rifts throughout. Each song feels so warm and sends me right back to a beach in Mexico. 9/10

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

plástico é um dos pontos altos do álbum, amei a fusão salsa/disco e realmente, "salsa intelectual" 💯

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

meu paiero virou um charuto ayyyyyyyyy

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

I love a good horn section, and the horns here are INCREDIBLE. The musicianship is off the charts all the way around, and the storytelling is rich and clever to boot. I enjoyed the sarcastic West Side Story reference. Best track: Pedro Navaja

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Great! Lots of uptempo jazz and Latin fusion, hard to listen to and not want to dance!

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Yeeeeeees, this is my jam. 9.5/10.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Latin music is God-sent!

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Cuban dance vibes

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Solid album

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Sat May 28 2022
5

Unexpected

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

OOOOO the slick funked out groove immediately has my attention. I like this salsa. I have absoltely heard Pedro Navaja before. And it fucking slaps.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

I lack the linguistic ability and context to appreciate Siembra. The record is clearly positioned in a part of this country I have never visited, and is absolutely accessible from here. Part of me knows there have to be better salsa deep cuts out there, but the rest of me just loved listening to this whole album. It has unspooling in spades, but no tracks that drag on in the same style. Just songs which groove in a sonic space and give way to the next, doing something a little different. The vocals are the least remarkable part, but, as I led with, I can't understand the words.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

Muito bom! Excelente para um domingo de sol

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Great samba album

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

bom demais os fadinho, latino e pa

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Un cuatro alto, para distinguirlo del resto de cuatros le doy un cinco.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Fun salsa! I can definitely see why this has sold so much. What a great album, makes me get out of me seat and want to dance the night away!

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

First non-english speaking album, and man what a jam. Saw some comments saying all the songs sound the same and I couldn't disagree more, every song was a totally different song, just under one genre, and it was enjoyable throughout. Some songs went on a little long, but that's okay! It almost feels like something you'd hear in a game like Katamari.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

makes sense after listening to "if i should fall from grace with god"😃 thanks for the music expansion again👍

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

I listened to this twice. I could listen to this once a day for a whole month. Presente!

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Killer band!! Loved this one. the strings remind me of chic.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Really enjoyed listening to this one- will definitely come back to this.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

I will mot explain myself. Great time

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

Joyous music, made me want to move my feet and sway my hips.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

This whole thing's a mood. Loved it. Last song sounded like something out of a James Bond movie.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Really funky and interesting, my main issue is that each song is really long and it’s a little samey. 8

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

This was a perfectly pleasant listen. I'll freely admit I'm not at all knowledgable about salsa music, so this struck me as being kinda generic salsa, but after seeing on wikipedia that this is the best selling salsa record in history, I guess it's genre founding rather than generic! Fave track - "Pedro Navaja" - I like the slow build up and shout outs to other tunes!

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

bell'album di salsa

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Mellow and happy.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

I don't speak any Spanish, so I can't comment on the lyrics, but the music is fun and full of energy. Had me moving in my work chair.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

A really invigorating salsa album!! This is probably one of the best salsa albums I've heard in general, it's really great!

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

Great salsa album

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Good for background music at a restaurant or something, but not something I'd ever go out of my way to listen to

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Boy was this a fun album to listen to! I love any Musica Tropical (according to apple music) that gets me on my feet to dance. Maria Lionza was particularly interesting to me because I swear I remember some cartoon movie where a character was listening or humming to some music saying "bing bing bing bing" (not crazy frog) that was very similar to them doing that in the song (This morning I thought more and I think its the chiwawa in Oliver and Company) . Not sure what those babies are doing on the cover and kind of surprised that none of them seem to be having a good time. Maybe they are seeds that were siembra'd in the field of flowers on the cover. Very strange but adds to the mystique of this album. This might be one of the best weeks of the year so far in terms of banger albums. FYI my Frank Sinatra yesterday was meant to be a 5.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Fun album! Not my go-to, but fun to listen to salsa every once and a while.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Great latin jazz tracks with a real drive to them.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Cool South American salsa vibess..

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

This was a nice groovy salsa album. I liked the disco vibes at the very beginning and was a little bit let down that it didn't continue through the rest of it. Still, a very solid album and one that I think I'm going to come back and listen to again.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

This was an unexpected joy. Plenty of variation across the piece. Rhythm for the dancing.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Was listening to this spicy Spanish music in the car with Alexa!

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

i'm dancing over here

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Enjoyable throughout

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Good fun. A little disco in the mix too. Muy bueno!

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Siembra by Rubén Blades and Willie Colón (1978) Este es un álbum verdaderamente fascinante. Uno normalmente no asocia la música salsa con profundas advertencias filosóficas contra la pobreza del materialismo, pero observe esto (“Plastico”): Que fallo Era una ciudad de plástico de esas que no quiero ver De edificios cancerosos y un corazón de oropel Donde en vez de un sol amanece un dólar Donde nadie ríe, donde nadie llora Con gente de rostros de poliéster Que escuchan sin oír y miran sin ver Gente que vendió por comodidad Su razón de ser y su libertad Así que si valoras tu libertad y tu « raison d’être », deja de perseguir cosas elegantes. Y este tema se hace eco en la última canción del álbum, "Siembra". Es una maravillosa homilía sobre la virtud de sembrar, plantar y la plenitud de la vida. Acompañado por el simbolismo en la portada del álbum, solo un imbécil perdería el punto. Dios es pro-vida. Así es como nos creó. "Pedro Navaja" es un latín "Mack the Knife", sin los matices socialistas de Berthold Brecht. Es una adaptación muy exitosa de una canción de la "Beggar’s Opera" original de John Gay del siglo XVIII al alemán de la era de Weimar "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer" al español. Qué bien. Agregaré esto a mi colección "Mack the Knife". ¡El antihéroe vive! Y además de letras fascinantes, escuchamos música espléndida. El álbum comienza con un estilo disco deliberadamente irritante, luego se instala rápidamente en salsa de calidad. Hay buenas actuaciones en cuernos, con trombones pesados en la mezcla. Y ritmos de percusión maravillosamente cómodos. No puedes escuchar esto mientras haces algo que requiere que te quedes quieto. 4/5

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Probably the first salsa album Iv fully listened too, really enjoyed it, an album I’ll come back to again and again I think. Random comment but the babies on the album cover reminds me of ready to die by Biggie Smalls.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Un dels grans discos històrics del que a nivell global podríem anomenar world music. No només és el lloc on trobar la peça original de 'Pedro Navaja'; altres temes com 'Plástico' o 'Maria Lionza' no difereixen gaire en el seu aroma a clàssics instantanis. De fet, cada un dels set temes és una història en si mateixa, cap d'elles sobra en el disc, que parteix de la salsa per donar-li un contingut més evolucionat del génere, apte per tots els melòmans. Molt a prop de les 5*

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Loved it.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

sassy fun latino.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

salsa

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Ces personnes parlent un espagnol absolument impeccable. Je pense qu'on peut le dire à ce stade, c'est du très très grand Baltard récompensé par un bleu de ma part.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Maria Lionza

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Can't say no to this!

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

This was super fun! Love salsa music and this didn't disappoint! Great music for working to as it didn't distract me and helped me to be productive and focus. It put me in a great mood and some of the sounds are really cool/unusual.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

really fun latin music 4.5

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Nice

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Great Salsa music that makes you want to dance.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Very cool! I enjoyed it a lot. A hidden gem.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Me llamo Siembra, esta fuego

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

So fun! Very fresh sound. Interesting chord progressions and rhythm. Great intro into salsa music.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Yea! Wish I had someone to dance with do this album.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Great album. Enjoyed this one

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

It was about time we had some salsa

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

but was actually really funky, I really enjoyed that 8/10

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

This album is a mix of salsa percussion and piano at its finest. The songs build up beautifully and "Pedro Navaja" is a masterpiece.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Mieltä kohentavia rytmejä ja teki mieli tanssia. Mitään hajua mistä lauloivat, mut nautin kovasti

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

I really enjoyed this. I know nothing about Salsa. I'll have to learn more. Interesting reading about Mack The Knife in various translations too.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Nú er ég enginn salsa maður, og eiginlega alls enginn, en þessi discósalsa rennur mjög ljúflega í mig. Gæti alveg haft þetta í bakgrunni á góðum stundum og jafnvel til að dansa við. Mikið vildi ég samt að fyrsta lagið hefði haldið áfram með byrjunagrúvið í stað þess að fara í sölsuna.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Prefs: Pedro Navaja, Maria Lionza, Ojos, Dime Moins pref: Siembra

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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

2/11/2022 Today's Album: "Siembra" by Willie Colón and Rubén Blades - This is a fantastic Latin album that covers an incredible amount of traditional Latin melodies with great production and excellent performances. Many moments on this record sound so fun, energetic, or eargasmic that it makes me wish I knew how to speak Spanish. The vocals are incredible, many basslines are groovy and danceable, and the chorus melodies are catchy and pleasant to listen to. Lots of exotic percussion and bright trumpets join the rest of the elements to create a really warm and welcoming soundscape. There isn't much else for me to cover as I don't speak Spanish, but suffice it to say this album is a great listen and I enjoyed it from top to bottom. Score: 8 Groovy Highlights: Plastico, Pedro Navaja

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Não conhecia nenhum dos artistas deste álbum; ótima introdução! Ao ouvir, me deu vontade de tomar um mojito na praia, com os pés enterrados na areia.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

This is what this list is for. I'd never heard of this before and I'd probably have never listened to it otherwise. This is great. I've done only a minimal amount of salsa dancing in my life, but this music makes me want to get up and dance. This is great stuff.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Super album, blijft goed die latin muziek

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Funky!

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Klasse salsa, rytmisk, opmuntrende, catchy, stemningsfyldt

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Perhaps the most danceable album I've come across on this list. Forget language barriers, this transcends all. If this won't get you moving, what will? Favorites: Plástico, Buscando Guayaba, Dime, Siembra.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Didn't listen to all of it but it was very nice.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

💃🏼🕺🏾

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Banger salsa album

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Rubén Blades? The actor? What a fun ride, I don't speak Spanish, so I can't comment on the social commentary aspect of this collaboration. But I do dig salsa music and this spans a range. This Afro-cuban-disco-jazz centric album is a fun listen and I'll definitely revisit. 4/5.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Legoh na kauč i uistinu uživah u albumu, malo koji nepoznati do sad je to uspio.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Ne znam zasto toliko volim tu slasu al ju jednostavno jako volim.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Very fun album

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

This was dope.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Superb. Continuingly interesting and a joy to listen to.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Excellent!

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Really enjoyable Latin salsa. Usually I find this style of music gets pretty same but there was some really nice variations going on. Something to play again when the weather gets hot and it is time to party on the sand

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

This is one of the best Salsa albums I've ever heard. Now I don't know much about it, but the complexity and musicality are on par with the best I've heard. Great album!

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

Buen ritmo. Buenas voces. Muy melódico y caribeño.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

Very latin, wanted to go swinging

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Excellent, not heard of the artists before but it's a beautiful and enjoyable listen.

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Tue May 10 2022
4

On this rainy, cold gloomy day, this a much needed ray of sunshine and warmth! Now, I gotta get up and dance, well maybe. Enjoyable!

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Tue May 10 2022
4

That was a nice salsa album that I want to check out again. The album cover is good a note giving a hint as to what is about to come & it felt ominous in the first notes this was going to be a heavy disco album…thankfully (for me at least) it wasn’t!

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Babies? En español ? Alrighty. The cover is very 70's. Diving in there is an immediate energy and urgency to the music. I tell you what, these guys can play! Unlike the last album I listened to, which was pointlessly complicated, these songs are layered in the best way, with all the different rhythmic and musical and lyrical elements building into a brilliant unified whole. Sometimes funny, sometimes emotional, but always in motion. I want to put on something sexy and dance the night away.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Some really great samba sounds here / - drawing inspiration from Disco, Swing and Kurt Weill keeps it interesting and creative.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Great sounds, good Latin vibes. Got a bit annoying and repetitive at parts. All in all a good album. Loved the bass.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

It was a lovely album for a Monday morning. Nothing exceptional, but listening to some salsa here is very warming. Four stars

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

The picture of colon that Spotify uses when I stream this album on my tv is just nearly as cool as the album itself. I listen to a lot of salsa and it all sounds exactly the same, but that’s what I like a about it.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Salsa now y’all

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Not familiar with this album and didn't really know what to expect. Lots of surprises throughout: the strong disco feel of the first track, the atmospheric police sirens and brief quoting of West Side Story on "Pedro Navaja," the chanting during "Maria Lionza"... It's hard to resist these rhythms.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Nice to hear some salsa to break it up from time to time. Irresistible.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

This puts me in a happy place: A Mexican food restaurant eating tacos! Uno mas margarita, por favor.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

Enjoyable listen

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

Pretty excellent.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

J’adore le cubain, mais je ne connais pas l’histoire du style ni comment cet album s’inscrit dans celle-ci. Ça sonne très authentique, mais pas nécessairement innovateur ou nouveau ou charnière. C’est par contre vraiment excellent. Le son est vraiment bon aussi.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

This album was fun, I enjoyed it, although I don't speak Spanish so I missed out on some of the topical qualities that made this album so popular. It has a lot of range and is always entertaining. Also I learned that Ruben Blades is the same one who I remember from TV and movies over the years, pretty impressive. Learning about "Pedro Navaja"'s relationship to threepenny opera was instructive, it's a very good homage!

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Really fun salsa, surprising amount of variation across tracks. Hard to not want to dance when listening.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Yup, it's really good salsa. It made me feel like I, with my lead feet, could dance. I can't pretend I know what the lyrics mean, but this album was meant to be kind of revolutionary? All I know is my summer barbecue playlist has some new songs!

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Very good! Muy bueno

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

I know nothing about salsa but I guess I quite like salsa. This is obviously a good example of salsa, so it’s nice to have a goto salsa album if I’m ever in the mood for salsa. 💃 salsa 💃

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Really lovely album. Loses 1 star due to the fact they have a traffic siren on one song, which limits when I would want to put this on (it freaks me out during car listens, and is annoying at home). But overall some absolutely charming tunes.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Fun, perfect salsa album. Makes you wanna get up and dance

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Really enjoyed it, would definitely listen again

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Crisp, lively, 70's Havana vibe. Couldn't understand a word but enjoyed the rhythm and energy nonetheless.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Initial hit of disco had me wondering, but this turned out to be an excellent salsa album—a genre I know next to nothing about. Great way to be introduced to this classic album.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

This is one of those albums that I don’t know how to rate objectively. On the one hand everything all sort of sounds the same but on the other hand I really did enjoy it.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Really fun Latin album, would liven up any party

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Liked it

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Pretty easy to see why this is one of the most popular Salsa albums of all time. It's easily the best one I've ever heard (out of the 3-5 I've heard). Even without knowing much about the genre, I can tell that this is "good" - there's something about it, from start to finish, that sets it apart.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Finally a Spanish album. I remember my mom telling me about Ruben Blades when I was a kid. This guy is incredibly talented & has a bona-fide music career. I enjoyed this album so much, I listened to three more. I'm certain Blades influenced many modern artists including Ricky Martin. I'm glad this was part of the challenge. Love me some salsa.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Horns and percussion carry this album. As someone else noted, it sounds like a generic salsa album, but when you learn it's actually the best-selling salsa album of all time, you understand that it's influential rather than derivative. I like it well enough, but I don't know enough about salsa to explain if this good compared to other salsa albums or how exactly it is influential. An enjoyable listen though, and ticks some of the same boxes as Getz/Gilberto's bossa nova album that I also really like.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Quite enjoyable.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Nice! Some great samba

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Such a cool record with so many cool instrumental parts. A great listen.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

no tää tosiaan on hyvää salsaa! salsa on usein aika tyhjänpäiväistä saman toistoa, tässä tykkäsin joka biisistä. perjantaimeno! (María Lionza -biisin loistavaa introa on Major lazer sämplännyt, kiva huomata)

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Salsa music is fun and something I do not really listen to.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Although I own a few Salsa LPs from back in the day, I abandoned the genre after one too many aborted salsa lessons. I'll give this high marks because 1) I like call-and-response vocals and they have it in every song 2) the late 70s production doesn't have the shrill trumpets of early salsa predecessors from the 50s and 60s 3) there's a fair bit of variety among the songs 4) When Spotify provided me with other salsa artists after it finished this, I preferred Willie and Ruben 5) it was the greatest selling salsa LP of all time.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

We take for granted the lovely global rhythms available to us at the click of a mouse. In 1978, were there hipsters with no roots in South America who listened to this? I like to imagine there were but I doubt there were many.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

I was hoping for Latin music and the bass line opening the album lead me astray for a few seconds, but then bam - 43 minutes of diverse salsa music. I’m not always in the mood for Latin Dance but this is an album that will definitely hit the spot.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

I like but I didn’t listen that closely

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

La vie est une fête et je suis la piñata

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

Sehr neu für mich, gefällt mir 3 oder 4 Sterne, muss nochmal hören schwierig. 4, weil niedriger standard?

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

Salsa music! Pretty good

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

I have never listened to a salsa album before, but this was really great. Shameful that a Texan hadn't listened to a salsa album before.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

it was alright. not my thing

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Sun Aug 22 2021
3

good if you like this type of thing

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Probably the best salsa music I’ve ever heard but I’m not really a fan of salsa

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

I liked that it was different!

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

I have never heard of Willie Colón & Rubén Blades before, and all of the music from Siembra was new to me. The album was okay. There wasn't anything in particular that I really liked or disliked. I may not have enough exposure to latinoamerican music to appreciate what is on this album. "Pedro Navaja" was the track that I liked the most, but none of the tracks really caught my attention.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

the whole album sounds like it could have been made 5 years ago in terms of sound quality, altough im not into latin music it is alright

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Siembra is an example of the most mainstream salsa imaginable, which utterly dominated Latin music in the 70s. A casual search from the period would turn up literally hundreds of similar recordings. The good news is Siembra is a very competent example of the genre. The musicianship is impeccable. The arrangements are sophisticated and marginally more imaginative than the bog standard salsa of the period. One of the shortcoming of this album for me is that it emphasizes songs, dancing, and arrangements at the expense of virtuosity. Much of the fun of salsa, for me, is the instrumental breaks, usually played over an ostinato. As you might expect, Latin music of the period was overflowing with talented percussionists. There were also a number of great pianists. But it's a little unfair to criticize Siembra for what it's not. In addition, unfortunately for me, mainstream salsa is probably my least favorite type of Latin music. Still, competence is competence, even if it's in a genre I don't happen to like. Here's my real complaint. Once again, the makers of this list have made the least imaginative possible choice in international music to put on their list. There is nothing groundbreaking about this music. It's not even the best possible example of it. There is nothing especially innovative about it. What it is is achingly mainstream. I strongly suspect that the makers of this list don't really like Latin music or African music or Brazilian music or French music any other kind of non-Anglo music. They just put a token example of it on their list so that they don't look like the pig-ignorant parochial anglophiles they are. Here's an idea. If you want to put examples of international music on a list, why not learn something about the music culture of the countries that will be represented first? But the makers of this list are too smug and lazy for that.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
3

Not really by preferred genre at all but was a pleasant enough listen. I don't know much Spanish so the lyrics all lost on me.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
3

4.5

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

I appreciated the Latin music.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

Fun 5/10

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Guess it's OK background music? Giving it a bit of a credit on account it's not my usual music diet.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

First song is like they switched on the salsa machine and it got stuck. When is each line going to end? Later songs are much more listenable. Solid background music you could also dance to.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Interesting latin music with a funky edge.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
3

The opening disco-funk beat which segued into salsa got me hooked, but I was a bit disappointed that there was no further crossover in this Latin set.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
3

6/10

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

Sinds ik heb geklaagd over een gebrek aan diversiteit in deze lijst, word ik op m'n wenken bediend. Leuk om eens te horen. Vrolijk.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Don't mind listening to some salsa every now and again, and they've added some creative elements to it on this album, but overall it just did not grab me. It was just ok. Just.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

Ok salsa, not one for me

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

A festive and playful salsa album. I don't listen to salsa music and I wasn't disappointed with the album. It's easy listening and I unfortunately found myself skipping to the meat of songs near the end of the album. It might be because I don't speak Spanish or have no previous exposure to the genre, but I didn't have the patience for some tracks to play out all the way. Not a bad album though. I might return to it.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
3

ok

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

dude I dont even salsa

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Very nice groove. Pretty much exactly what I expected from a salsa album. Enjoyable record.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Pleasant enough, but not knock out for me

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Yeah I quite enjoyed how upbeat and fun this was - but did get a little samey after a while!

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

Zuid Amerikaanse muziek met dito instrumenten. Ik wordt daar wel vrolijk van. Meestal gaat dit soort muziek mij irriteren, maar dat was bij dit album niet het geval. ***

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

Léttleikandi latin tónlist

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

I’m not a salsa aficionado but it was a pretty good record. I have little context to understand the novelty or popularity of this one so I’m going with enjoyment level on this rating

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Ding ding ding

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Love the West Side Story reference in Pedro Navaja. The songs are long and get the hips moving. This album doesn't stand out to me, as an outsider to the salsa genre.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

It's good, not exactly my thing, but I enjoyed it overall. 3 stars.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Latin hip swinging rhythm, calm horn section and some great congas.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
3

Good, but not great. Good background music, but another where I don't speak the same language. I enjoyed it a lot, but will probably not come back to it

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

Cool latin vibes

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Ihan hauskaa rallatusta vaikka ei kyllä nyt sieluun asti iskenyt. Kolmonen yläkanttiin.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Great opening lick. Siembre opening lick also amazing. Wish the whole album sounded like those eight bars. Love the music, the slightly nasally/strained vocals not so much. The vocal style is common. Classic, but this is a wedding/party album only.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Very danceable. Love the horns (surprise, surprise) as well as the supple vocals. Makes you want to move your hips and do a little two step, even when you have two left feet like me. Perfect for that salsa night you’ve wanted to hit up as well as that living room dance party you’ve been wanting to have.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

I liked it, reminds me of Colombia <3

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

si, pero que si

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

This was good for what it is, but not a style of music that really resonates with me

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

3 - It is refreshing and I liked it but wouldn't listen to it daily hahah

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Really outstanding musicianship but I didn't find it a really compelling listen.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

Enjoyed it. Like being back in Cuba.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Would’ve been good if I could have danced to it ! Low 3*

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

-I like the "doo doo bing bong ping ding bong" part in "Buscando Guayaba" -Holy crap Lois they referenced "Despacito" in "Pedro Navajo" -I like the big old bass that comes in in "Maria Lionza" -It would probably be a 4 if it was in my genre of music, it just isn't really my jam, but it is all quality

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