The Bottom Line
- Strong Salsa from India's first album in four years
- Interesting mix of Reggaeton and Salsa on "Soy Diferente"
- Duet with Ivy Queen on "Cuando Hieres a una Mujer"
- Not much to complain about
- 11-track CD, mostly Salsa
- Released by Univision Records
- Best of East Coast salsa musicians
Guide Review - CD Review: India - Soy Diferente
For die-hard India fans, a lot of the album is filled with her tried and true salsa tunes, featuring big band sounds and compelling rhythms There’s no mistaking that voice, and La India’s voice still dominates every song on the CD.
The first part of the album is basically straight salsa: smooth, energetic and enjoyable, especially her duet with Ivy Queen on “Cuando Hieres A Una Mujer”. It’s just not particularly memorable. Sort of like the roast chicken you have every Sunday night; you always enjoy it but don’t really remember it much.
The difference comes from the incorporation of the currently popular Reggaeton sound. In fact, almost all the songs on the latter half of the CD incorporate Reggaeton to one degree or another.
Interestingly, India has coined a new term “salsaton”, to describe the fusion of salsa and reggaeton on the first version of “Soy Diferente”, followed later on the album with a straight Reggaeton version. Listening to the two versions side by side,India’s salsaton is less electronic, the percussion adding to (rather than dominating) the music. There’s still plenty of wonderful salsa brass and keyboards.
“Salsaton” – a sound fusion that I’d like to hear more of.