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Cry Love

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Striking, bold, organic and beautiful, Cry Love is an anthem for justice. The title track constitutes the album's core concept. Maya's desire to inspire and empower listeners saturates the edgy groove of "Warriors" and the sanguine sway of "Near." "The Half" is a harrowing take propelled by rock icon Vernon Reid. Reggae legend and Billboard's #1 artist iNi Kamoze adds luster to "My Back's Not Up Against The Wall" while the glistening, acoustic qualities of "Belong To The Sun" provide another standout cut.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cry Love
  2. Shine
  3. Near
  4. Changed My Mind
  5. Half, The
  6. Belong To the Sun
  7. My Back's Not Up Against the Wall
  8. Run Into the Light
  9. Warriors
  10. Live On
  11. Little Ghetto Boy


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Half Note Records
  • ASIN: B005CVFHWS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cry Love – Azucena’s latest CD – so genuine.

In a way, making an inspirational record can be kind of risky – especially for someone who is not viewed as a Gospel singer. Perhaps Azucena looked around at the bleak time facing so many people and concluded that listeners needed to hear something meatier than a simple love song or dance tune. So, while Azucena doesn’t totally forego addressing affairs of the heart, even a song like “Changed My Mind” goes beyond the pale, speaking to the transformational effect that romantic love can have.

Spirituality also takes a prominent role on Cry Love. Azucena doesn’t aim for over-the-top peachiness. Instead she uses a pop/rock cut such as “Near” to remind listeners that God is an invisible but omnipresent force who is never more than a prayer away. Azucena assumes the voice of the Almighty to encourage the listener to remember that God is a friend.

The reggae tune “My Back’s Not Up Against the Wall,” a mid-tempo cut on which the vocalist sings words of encouragement to herself, serves as the perfect compliment to the song that follows - the funky “Run Into the Light.” On this song, Azucena sings about pressing through obstacles to reach an ultimate goal. Cry Love’s best song – “The Half” – is a funk/rock number in which the artist explores the efforts people make every day to wear a mask in order to keep their problems hidden from the world.

Perhaps the song that best summarizes the effect of Cry Love is “Little Ghetto Boy,” a duet between Azucena and Chris Rob. It is a powerful cut, and not solely for the thematic area it covers. The vocal work that Azucena and Rob display throughout this polemical song is downright beautiful. You could even call “Little Ghetto Boy” inspirational. And that’s a pretty good adjective that one could use to describe Cry Love. Other folks might want to use “positive,” “spiritual” or “uplifting.” I’ll just settle for very, very good.
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This lady can sing! I would recommend this CD to all those looking to hear some fresh soulful sounds. Her music is memorable and she sings songs that we can all appreciate and identify with. Her back-up is the best! This lady is definitely going places...spread the word, Maya Azucena is here to stay!!!
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Another good album worth a listen
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