Regalo Del Alma

July 13, 2016 - Comment

The cries of “azucar” are unmistakable on Regalo del Alma, the posthumous album from salsa queen Celia Cruz. Though she was battling cancer at the time of its recording, Cruz sounds positively electric throughout the 11-track collection, which effortlessly melds native Cuban rhythms with soulful grooves and pop sensibilities. She teams with rap star El

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The cries of “azucar” are unmistakable on Regalo del Alma, the posthumous album from salsa queen Celia Cruz. Though she was battling cancer at the time of its recording, Cruz sounds positively electric throughout the 11-track collection, which effortlessly melds native Cuban rhythms with soulful grooves and pop sensibilities. She teams with rap star El General on album opener “Ella Tiene Fuego,” an irresistible call to the dance floor. The album’s first single, “Ríe Y Llora,” simmers under a Santana-esque guitar lick; and the bittersweet, deceptively cheery “Diagnóstico” finds Cruz visiting her doctor because she is homesick for her native country. Cruz’s strength lies in her ability to personalize every song she sings; she makes every lyric, every word important. Anchored by her weathered, one-of-a-kind vocal delivery, Regalo del Alma stands as a glittering testament to a woman whose talent, spirit, and grace continue to carry the music straight to the hearts of anyone willing to listen. –Joey Guerra

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Marianopolita2005 says:

The soul of Dona Celia Cruz. It is a great joy to be able to say a few words about this CD and the late Celia Cruz who left behind her heart and soul in the name of “salsa” and”son” two genres of tropical music that she mastered over an incomparable fifty year musical career. Regalo del Alma is a true gift. The gift of soul, cubanismo, sentimentalism and showcase of true love for tropical music and rhythms. I expected this album to be a platinum production just because of the circumstances under which it was initiated and…

Juana says:

You will LOVE this CD I bought this CD because I was curious about Celia Cruz¡¯s music. I had read a lot about her, but never seen her perform, or heard anything other than “Azucar!”Before my purchase, I thought, “Well, here is another legend. I wonder if her reputation is all hype.”Well, I listened to the samples on Amazon, and picked this CD as my “Celia Cruz 101¡± After my first listen, I found that Regalo del Alma is truly a GIFT. If you love dance music, if…

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