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Album Review

Intenso has been accurately considered a salsa album, however it is appropriate to mention Gilberto Santa Rosa's music influences while making this record, from Spanish flamenco to Cuban son and bolero, and even Latin rock. Intenso features traditional Salsa "Advertencia," "Alguna Parte de Ti," the hit single "Pero No Me Ama," written by Puerto Rican Rafy Monclova, a romantic song called "Mentira," and "Si No Lo Digo Ahora," composed by Cuban Jorge Luis Piloto. Intenso's hybrid sounds turn it into an interesting experimental tropical album. [The reissue features one bonus track: "Pueden Decir"]

Biography

Born: 21 August 1962 in Puerto Rico

Genre: Salsa and Tropical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Gilberto Santa Rosa is one of the most esteemed, and certainly one of the most tradition-minded, soneros to rise to fame in the 1980s, and his popularity and acclaim only increased in subsequent decades, as did his stateliness. His style of salsa isn't easily categorized, for he often changes approach from one album to the next. His straight-ahead, dance-oriented albums (e.g., Perspectiva [1991], Auténtico [2004]) as well as his eclectic ones (Esencia [1996], Expresión [1999]) tend to be his most...
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