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Album Review

Rubén Blades' 1992 release Amor y Control may feature more variety, more stylistic diversity than any other before or after. Considering that Blades has made a career out of musical globetrotting, that's quite a statement. However, with virtually every track choosing a different Latin American or Caribbean nation as it's home, it's quite justified. From merengue to samba to West Indies funk to the salsa that made him famous, Blades never seems to find home, he's as full of wanderlust as the ships that grace the album's cover. Often times when a musician attempts such an epic project, instead of playing one style well, all come out mediocre. Not the case with Blades and his band Son de Solar, which is made up of players so sensitive, adaptable and expert, one would think that each idiomatic style was their specialty. Highlights are numerous, including "West Indian Man," a tribute to the backbone of the workforce who built the canal in Blades' native Panama, staying true to his commitment to social and political commentary. The title track's melodically unforgettable hook proves once again that Blades is among salsa's most innovative, tuneful songwriters. Though many of the tracks from Amor y Control can be found on collections, there's a depth and beauty to the work that can only be appreciated as a whole. This disc is worth owning. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Amor y Control

Como bien nos tiene acostumbrados, Ruben, en este albun hace despliegue de su gran talento y conciencia social, como ciudadano del Mundo. Digo del Mundo, porque las expresiones y situaciones en sus canciones no son unicas en su pais o el mio, Puerto Rico, son problematicas y situaciones del mundo en general. Escuchen Amor y Control con la mente abierta y veran como se identifican con el mismo. Amor y Control para el Mundo y cada uno de los seres que lo habitan. Uno bonito dia para todos : ) !

Reglas de la vida en una cancion

Ruben Blades expectacular como de costumbre, pero este disco contiene el que considero ser uno de los mejores exitos de Blades. La cancion "amor y control" es la forma en la cual todo ser humano deberia vivir y actuar en esta vida. Amor y control hermanos y tendremos un mejor mundo donde vivir. Esta cancion es sumamente especial para mi ya que mi abuela fallecio de cancer y ella siempre fue ese tipo de persona conmigo. Sin importar lo que pasara siempre me apoyo. Te amo Alba mi abuelita.


Born: July 16, 1948 in Panama City, Panama

Genre: Salsa y Tropical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Rubén Blades is one of the most successful vocalists in the history of Panamanian music. A former member of bands led by Ray Barretto and Willie Colón, Blades has continued to influence salsa music with his highly literate, politically tinged lyrics and his modern-minded arrangements, which substitute the usual horn and Latin percussion sections with synthesizers and drum sets. Often referred to as "the Latin Bruce Springsteen," Blades provided a musical voice for the middle class of Central America....
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