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This is a fantastic cd. It's a latin masterpiece. I love all the songs here but especially the fast dance track Ay Bueno and the slower ballads Una Senal, Cuando Despierto and the stunning Por Amor which is a duet with the great Gloria Estefan. That is a real treat.
To be perfectly honest, I don't have a single clue what the heck he is singing about, but it is so gorgeous to listen to (with all those ballads he's definately singing about love), and it's got something for everyone - dance numbers and the stunning ballads we fans have become used to hearing from this great crooner. I love it.
Amanecer has a couple of surprises - two excellent duets with Gloria Estefan ("Por Amor") and Fernando Villalona ("Ay Bueno"). "Por Amor" is a timeless classic that speaks eloquently of an enduring love. "Ay Bueno" is a fun and happy merengue that does not fail to make you feel good.
And last but not least Mr. Secada never sounded better. It seems wine is not the only thing that gets better with time. Jon's vocal approach for each song is nothing short of brilliant. When you listen to his voice, you hear the obvious reality of a seasoned vocalist, which is the only kind that could have recorded each track live in the studio (a la Tony Bennett).
Amanecer contains enough rhythms and melodies to appeal to just about any fan of Latin music or music in general. Do your ears a favor, and treat them to this wonderful treasure.
La verdad que Emilio se la comio con este trabajo..
Congratulations a nuestros compatriotas Ricardo y Alberto que hicieron la produccion en colaboracion con Emilio de Ay Bueno y Si no fuera por ti..
The first Spanish album, Amor, is a true singer's album; that is, a showcase for Jon's immense singing talents. It is sophisticated and subtle, clearly revealing that he is a formally trained singer. The background instrumentation takes a back seat to the artist.
In Amenecer, we have something very different. Each song is a highly prouduced ensemble effort, incorporating Latin folk influences and rhythms in a way Jon has not done before. Jon and the Emilio Estefan prouduction have actually succeded in creating a rather different kind of sound, quite an achievment when you think about it, in this age where so much pop music sounds the same.
There are basically two types of songs. One is a highly rhythmic, energetic, very uptempo piece, with a very funky and complex groove. There are some great instrumental touches, and interesting, almost African sounding backup vocals. These songs are more of an ensemble effort, as opposed to a spotlight for Jon's voice, per se.
The slow ballads most certainly, are however, , and Jon's singing is very beautiful, even if it not quite as extraordinary as in Amor. Si no Fuera por Ti is really nice, with a lovely introduction that really engages me. Even prettier is "A Sign."
A very nice bonus is the DVD included. It includes a video of Si No Fuera Por Ti, and an interview discussion (you can read English subtitles) of the album, with Jon, Emilio and Gloria.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Im a long time Jon Secada fan who I think just gets better with every album he makes. Absolutely love this album.Published on February 28, 2012 by Eddie A
I just love to listen to JON SECADA in either English or Spanish. I have collected most of his albums and have bought the Spanish versions of the English formats marked here in the... Read morePublished on April 4, 2010 by DAVID G. MCHALE IV
Wonderful service from Amazon and an excellent copy of CD. I just love Jon Secada's voice and now own all of his CDs (I think!)Published on June 27, 2006 by Ba Crook
I think Jon's best music was on his Grandes Exitos CD. Seems like he had better music when he was with EMI Latin. My opinion.Published on November 11, 2003 by Carla
This is his latest, all spanish release since "Amor" which gave him a Grammy award in 1996. Read morePublished on October 30, 2002 by Mark Ansman
Fun energetic sounds and rythms mixed with nice strong ballads. Very nice CD.Published on October 25, 2002 by Johnny