Rocío Dúrcal Alma Ranchera
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- Released: September 14, 2004
- Label: Sony U.S. Latin
- 1.Un Mundo Raro
- 2.Si Dios Me Quita la Vida
- 3.Cucurrucucu Paloma
- 4.Fallaste Corazon
- 5.Sufro Tu Ausencia
- 6.Fiesta en el Corazon
- 7.Amaneci en Tus Brazos
- 8.Echame a Mi la Culpa
- 9.La Media Vuelta
- 10.Esta Tristeza Mia
- 11.Te Parto el Alma
- 12.Vete a Volar
Personnel: Roc¡o D£rcal (vocals); Fernando de Santiago (vocals, guitar, vihuela, background vocals); Marco Antonio Santiago, Dave Rivera (guitar, guitarron); Eric Mora, Carlos Cabral, Jr. (guitar); Javier Serrano (trumpet, bugle); Francisco Sanchez (percussion); Memo Gil, Pancho Ruiz (programming); Paco Rosas (acoustic guitar); Jair "Yayo" Alcal (accordion).
Audio Mixers: Isa¡as G. Asbun; Memo Gil.
Recording information: La Bodega (06/2004-07/2004); Sony Music, Mexico (06/2004-07/2004); Torres Sonido, Madrid, Spain (06/2004-07/2004).
Arrangers: Fernando de Santiago; Paco Rosas; Rigoberto Alfaro; Manuel C zares; Memo Gil; Pancho Ruiz; Carlos Cabral, Jr.
In the middle of her battle with cancer, Roc¡o D£rcal released this homage to the genre that had fueled her stardom in the Americas. Approaching the age of 60 at the time of the recording, she managed to not only sound but look better (at least on the album cover) than at any time previously in her career. Her voice did not deepen with age (she could still hit the high notes); rather, it mellowed, gaining resonance and warmth. Moreover, there was no mistaking her singing for anyone else's at this point. The production is never less than lush and elegant. The cutesiness and gaudiness that tended to detract from D£rcal's performances in the past are nowhere to be found. In light of the tragedy that followed, in D£rcal's singing one is tempted to sense both the awareness of mortality and the determination to better her own legacy up to that point. However, what really comes across is her ease with the material and her confidence. "Fiesta en el Coraz¢n" may be the high point, with its unorthodox harmonies and the giddiness of its shifting rhythmic accents. But there isn't really a weak song here. Even the warhorse "Cucurrucuc£ Paloma" is worth listening to for the loving treatment D£rcal's voice gives it. This disc is surely one of the highlights of the singer's long career. ~ J. Chandler
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