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Juan Luis Guerra - 'Coleccion Cristiana' CD Review

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Juan Luis Guerra - 'Coleccion Cristiana'

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Early in 2012, the popular Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra released Coleccion Cristiana, one of the best Latin music albums of the year in the Tropical music field. The following is an overview of this 11-track CD shaped around Juan Luis Guerra's own faith and musical talent.

A Work of Faith

As its title suggests, Coleccion Cristiana (Christian Collection) is an album shaped around Juan Luis Guerra's own religious believes. That said, if you think the music on this work departs from the previous albums produced by Juan Luis Guerra, you are wrong.

Although the lyrics are obviously religious-related, Coleccion Cristiana is a celebration of faith that fits any good Latin party. In other words, one of the most significant achievements of this album is that it deals with the issue of faith in such fun way that even if you are not a religious person it will still capture you.

A Vibrant Tropical Fusion

In terms of Tropical music, Coleccion Cristiana is a generous work that touches various rhythms such as Merengue, Bachata, Son and traditional Dominican music. This tropical mix is enhanced by the sound Juan Luis Guerra injected into the whole work, which is an explosion from beginning to end.

The Merengue side on this album is particular strong. If you are into this Latin music genre, some of the best Merengue tracks include the popular hit "En El Cielo No Hay Hospital," "Soldado," "Las Avispas" and the intoxicating opening track "El Quita Pena." I personally love the song "Las Avispas," which reminds me a bit of those tracks that transformed Juan Luis Guerra into one of the most influential artists of Merengue.

Although there is not that much Bachata in Coleccion Cristiana, one of the best tracks on this album is "Caballo Blanco," a nice Bachata song with beautiful arrangements. I also like a lot the sounds of traditional Son that Juan Luis Guerra included in this album with the tracks "Viene Bajando" and "Son Al Rey."

Additional Sounds

Besides the Tropical mix that defines Coleccion Cristiana, the album offers nice touches of different genres such as Latin Pop and Funk. With the tracks "Mi Jesus," "Como Trompeta En Si Bemol," and "Nada Me Separara," Juan Luis Guerra proves that he is a complete artist able to play it all.

'Coleccion Cristiana' - Bottom Line

Juan Luis Guerra has proved once again why he is one of the most influential artists in the history of Tropical music. Coleccion Cristiana offers a rich musical journey where one can enjoy the notes of tropical rhythms such as Merengue, Bachata and Son alongside nice touches of Pop and Funk music.

Regardless of your religious believes, the sounds of Coleccion Cristiana will capture you. This is a wonderful album from beginning to end. If you are looking for nice Tropical music, this album will give you just that. Five solid stars!

'Coleccion Cristiana' - Best Tracks

Record Label: EMI Latin
Release Date: February 28, 2012
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