Nearly 10 years since his last Salsa music recording, Marc Anthony is back to this vibrant Latin music genre with 3.0. Thanks to the hugely popular hit "Vivir Mi Vida" and the new set of songs that defined Marc Anthony's comeback to the world of Salsa, 3.0 grabbed the number one spot of the Billboard Top Latin Albumschart in only two weeks. The following is an overview of one of the most exciting albums of 2013.
"Vivir Mi Vida" Marc Anthony introduced 3.0 with "Vivir Mi Vida," one of the top Latin songs of 2013. This catchy track, which was produced and arranged by the well-known producer Sergio George, is a Salsa version of the original dance hit "C'est La Vie" by Cheb Khaled. There is, in fact, at the end of the track listing, a Pop version of "Vivir Mi Vida," which bears some similarities to the original track.
In my opinion, "Vivir Mi Vida" (the Salsa version) is by far the best song on this album. For better or for worse, this track offers an intoxicating sound that is quite different and unique from the one you can listen in the rest of the tracks included in this album.
Romantic Salsa Meets Pop After the vibrant beats of "Vivir Mi Vida," you are left in front of what 3.0 is all about: A romantic Salsa music album. With the exception of "La Copa Rota," the legendary Bolero song originally written by Puerto Rican songwriter Benito de Jesus, every single track included between the Salsa and Pop versions of "Vivir Mi Vida" belongs to the romantic Salsa realm.
This romantic Salsa is, however, very Pop. In fact, the intro section of tracks such as "Espera" and "Dime Si No Es Verdad" is pure Pop. In my opinion, "Espera," which I think is one of the best tracks on this album, is a song that achieves a great balance between Salsa and Pop. Plus, this track moves away from the traditional notes that Marc Anthony usually touches when he sings Salsa.
Although the album sounds great, and the arrangements are of great quality, at times it feels like most of the tracks have been shaped by the same formula, which almost always includes a melody with a soft beginning that little by little is taken to its Salsa climax under the same singing style. In other words, 3.0 may sound repetitive at times.
'3.0' - Bottom LineIf you are into the mainstream sounds of romantic Salsa, the latest work by Marc Anthony will definitely please you. Besides this, Marc Anthony's 3.0 exemplifies in a good manner how much Tropical music has become Pop music today. Although a bit repetitive, the album has a great sound.
'3.0' - Best Tracks
A List Featuring The Top 10 Most Influential Latin Music Artists in History
This is the most difficult list to create regarding Latin music artists. With so many important figures in the history of Latin music, this list is far from perfect. However, I also think it is difficult to challenge any of the names I have included here. To come up with this list of Latin music legends, I used the following criteria:
10. Roberto Carlos – The King of Brazilian Music
Roberto Carlos is one of the most popular Brazilian artists in history. An outstanding songwriter, Roberto Carlos is also a best-selling artist who has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Originally coming from the Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) movement, Roberto Carlos developed a unique style that placed him as one the most important Latin Pop pioneers. Since the 1960s, he has been often referred to as the King of Brazilian music.
9. Damaso Perez Prado – Mambo’s Father
I could use just the following sentence to tell you why this Cuban artist is on this list: Perez Prado invented the Mambo. Although the roots of Mambo were laid out in Cuba during the 1930s, Perez Prado was the one who finally played it. Thanks to Perez Prado's Mambo, Latin music gained lots of exposure worldwide. Mambo also played a significant role in the development of Salsa music.
8. Juan Luis Guerra – A Caribbean Music Innovator
With his unique music style, this Dominican artist has redefined for the past decades the sounds of rhythms like Merengue, Bachata and Bolero. Juan Luis Guerra is a talented songwriter and producer whose career has been marked by innovation and numerous awards including 15 Latin Grammy trophies. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide.
7. Hector Lavoe – The Voice of Salsa
Hector Lavoe is often considered the best Salsa singer in history. This top sonero was part of the legendary Fania All Stars that brought together the best Salsa performers of the 1970s. Lavoe also shaped the sounds of the Salsa that was developed in New York during the 1960s and 1970s. In other words, he was the perfect voice of Salsa's most glorious age. No wonder why he moved to history with the nickname "El Cantante" (The Singer).
6. Juan Gabriel – A Mexican Music Icon
Juan Gabriel is a living legend of Latin music. For the past four decades, this Mexican singer has shaped the sounds of Mexican music touching everything from Ranchera to Latin Pop music. Juan Gabriel is also one of the most prolific songwriters in Mexican music history. His name is on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame. One of the best selling Latin music artist in history, Juan Gabriel has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
5. Soda Stereo – Latin Rock Pioneers
This Argentinian band brought something quite new to Latin Rock. From the very beginning, Soda Stereo created a style that sounded less foreign than the music that other artists were producing at that time. Thanks to the simple but powerful music this band created, Soda Stereo became the very first phenomenon of the Rock en Espanol movement.
The impact Soda Stereo had on audiences throughout Latin America, inspired the whole Latin Rock boom in the region. Thanks in part to Soda Stereo, Latin America has been able to build a very interesting lineup of Rock and Alternative artists today.
4. Antonio Carlos Jobim – The Master of Brazilian Music
Tom Jobim, as he was usually referred to, was an outstanding songwriter and talented musician able to play the piano, guitar and flute. His name is behind some of the most famous Brazilian songs ever produced including "Garota de Ipanema" (Girl From Ipanema) and "Chega de Saudade," the song that started the whole Bossa Nova movement. His influence on Brazilian Jazz was also significant. He was known as "O Maestro" (The Master).
3. Carlos Gardel – The King of Tango
This Argentinian artist gave Tango its exclusive spot in the world. In a way, Carlos Gardel was sort of the Rudolph Valentino of Latin music. He was a talented songwriter, a singer with a wonderful voice, and an actor with the right looks. He elevated Tango's status to a worldwide phenomenon. His tragic death in an airplane accident in Colombia transformed Carlos Gardel into one of the most iconic Latin music legends in history.
2. Celia Cruz – The Queen of Salsa
This Cuban singer passed to history as one of the most beloved and charismatic figures that Latin music has ever known. The Queen of Salsa had a powerful voice and a unique figure that transformed this singer into an iconic performer. From La Sonora Matancera and Johnny Pacheco to Willie Colon and La Sonora Poncena, she produced a large repertoire of songs with the best Salsa bands in history.
1. Julio Iglesias – The Best Selling Latin Music Artist in History
With 300 million records sold worldwide, this Spanish singer is the best selling Latin music artist in history. Throughout his career, Julio Iglesias has produced nearly 80 albums recording songs in 14 languages. Since the 1970's, Julio Iglesias has captured audiences throughout the world with her romantic style and good looks. He has been the most influential ambassador of Spanish music in history. Julio Igesias is definitely a must have name for any list dealing with Latin music legends.
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