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Album Review

Released in 2003 shortly after Soraya mounted a comeback with her self-titled debut for EMI Latin, Esenciales: The Ultimate Collection is an attempt by her former label, Universal, to cash in on that comeback. Esenciales lives up to its billing, compiling the highlights from Soraya's three albums for Universal: En Esta Noche, Torre de Marfil, and Cuerpo y Alma. The packaging is unappealing, granted, but the music is here, making it a worthwhile release. Universal would recompile these songs in subsequent years, so it's worth evaluating your options. There are other, better collections out there, for sure, namely Exitos Eternos and 20th Century Masters. Both were released in 2005, the former a comprehensive best-of with appealing packaging and a bonus video, the latter a budget-line best-of with a fairly good sample of highlights that leaves you hungry for more. Either is a better option than Esenciales, though you could do worse.


Genre: Latin Pop

Years Active: '00s

Born in Tehran in the 1950s, future singer Soraya spent her teen years listening to the Western pop of the Beatles along with traditional Iranian music and jazz. Despite being encouraged by her parents and friends to try singing professionally, Soraya didn't consider it an option until the early 2000s. In 2002 she released the album New Melody,...
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