Miss Little Havana
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Despite one reviewer's saying "Hotel Nacional" has a cringe-inducing shout-out to Charo--which is baseless, since Charo's catchphrase is "cuchi-cuchi"--I find it one of the more compelling tracks with lyrics that paint a vibrant image of a happenings at a plush, busy Cuban hotel. The horn line is unbelievably catchy and melds fluidly into an anthemic synth line. It's interesting and creative.
If you're looking for an album with lots of energy and contagious hooks, Miss Little Havana is an excellent purchase. It's easily my favorite album of hers since Mi Tierra and one of my favorite albums of 2011.
I have always loved Gloria and her music from the 80's, 90's, 00's and today. This album truely speaks of her genius and legend.
Just a quick biography on Gloria. When Gloria and the Miami Sound Machine released Conga in 1985, people were saying it was too latin for the americans and too american for the latins. Little did people know that Gloria was actually starting her own sound and genre of music. That of latin pop. There wasn't anyone in the industry who had Gloria's sound and was willing to take the risk of being rejected. Latins at that time were not main stream at all.
Conga changed the music industry forever. It charted all over the world. We look at latin pop artists today and they are coming out of the wood work. Gloria and her sound started this explosion. Gloria took the risk that no one was taking and it paid off big time!
There are very few artists in musics history that can compare to the success that Gloria has had since Conga was released. She is one of the biggest selling artists of all time! She is also one of the top charting artists of all time! She is the biggest selling latin female artist of all time! She is also the biggest selling crossover artist of all time! She has alot of credentials under her belt.
You would think that for an artist who has been in the industry for 35+ years, they would become irrelavent and out of date in 2012. So far from the truth!
Miss Little Havana is an epic album for a latin icon like Gloria! I can't even imagine any other artist trying to release an album like this one!Read more ›
This CD wasn't what I expected, but made me dance none the less. I still have Mi Tierra as my absolute fav and I've bought that one three times over because they get scratched and worn out! This one is good, but I think I like her more traditional sound better.
The straight ahead samba, merengue and beats don't compliment her middle weight earthy pop voice, which lacks the agility necessary to effortlessly carry such tunes. She's no Millie Quezada, Olga Tañón nor La India.
Miss Little Havana has its shining moments such as the title track, Right Away, Make Me Say Yes, Medicine and Let's Get Loud. The disco and freestyle elements of these songs better suit her. These were the sounds that made her a star.
Out of the tracks that I disliked WEPA the most as I found it extremely irritating. WEPA's lyrics were non-sensical and made a dig at Asians portraying them as socially inept and left out of the party while the rest dance. «Había una chinita sentada en un café con sus dos zapatos blancos y las medias al revés» For some reason, Cubans like to ridicule Asians. This was something that I observed a lot in Miami and on their local TV channels.
Another track that I disliked was Hotel Nacional. The swing era horns reminded me of the song "We No Speak Americano" by Yolanda and DCUP which was later covered by Pitbull as "Bon Bon." Mr. 305 made a gratuitous guest appearance on the remix to WEPA. The Estefans used to be trendsetters. If the been-there-done that beats were mildly annoying the lyrics to Hotel Nacional were definitely SMH (shaking my head).Read more ›
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Excellence in the same as ever Gloria Estefan Style, Words and Music.
its a totally different sound and Subject. Good Dance music. Read more
It you love Gloria Estefan, then you will love this. Great music and fun.Published on July 20, 2014 by Kevin L. Kramer
I got this album hoping for something to wake me up when I'm driving on long trips. THIS WILL DO IT! Not a sleeper int eh bunch.Published on April 15, 2014 by Neil Smith
I collect all of Gloria Esfefan CD'S, this one I love too. The music is great. Love to dance to that can of music.Published on March 23, 2014 by Maria DiLeonardo
Great work out music! Everything Gloria puts out is Awesome. This CD gets a 5 star from me. An ipod must.Published on October 2, 2013 by lorri a. cropley
The music is wonderful and exciting and the performance pure Gloria Estefan which is outstanding. Easily now one of my favorite music albums. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by George W. Crawford
The CD came earlier than it was estimated to arrive. I used one song in a performance for my after school program.Published on July 14, 2013 by Christina A. Brege