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When an popular artist makes a return to her musical roots, as Gloria Estefan does on Mi Tierra, it can signal either a welcome renewal of creative energy, as was the case with Johnny Cash’s Rick Rubin helmed American recordings, or a strained gesture towards a dwindling and aging fan base (see Rod Stewart’s somewhat awkward Great American Songbook). Thankfully Mi Tierra finds Gloria Estefan gracefully assuming a role she seems to have been meant to play, the impassioned Latina torch singer from the bygone era of big bands and supper clubs so perfectly evoked on Mi Tierra’s cover. Though largely comprised of original material Mi Tierra employs the lyrical tropes, rhythmic reversals, and familiar motuno riffing of countless Salsa and Son classics. Where Estefan’s work with the Miami Sound Machine saw the singer turning out glossy copies of TK records’ infectious Latin-disco sound, Mi Tierra takes the dignified melancholy and joyful exuberance of Cuban born songstress Celia Cruz as its main touchstone. Though Estefan’s voice lacks the impassioned grit and dynamic subtlety of Cruz’s gruff but disciplined wail, songs like the impressive “Volveras,” prove that what Estefan sometimes lacks in emotional range, she makes up for with sheer technical mastery.

Customer Reviews

i LOVE this

i don't speak spanish (in fact, french is and will always be, my 1st love). nevertheless, this cd is DOPE and totally influential to spanish/pop music. if for whatever reason you don't want this album, definitely download tracks 1, 2, 3...actually to hell with it. just buy the whole thing. you won't regret it.

A timeless, classic CD all languages can enjoy!

This was one of the first spanish-language cds I ever bought, and it's still one that I love to play. The music has such history behind it (if you take the time to look into the lyrics, etc), but aside from that, the songs are just tremendous. Great rhythm, great lyrics, great album! Que sigue la tradicion!

One of the all-time classics of Cuban music...

It's difficult to put my appreciation for this album into words. My friends know me as an avid music fan, and when asked me what CD I would take with me if relegated to a desert island, I instantly thought of Mi Tierra. Gloria's English language music, both during her stint with Miami Sound Machine and during her solo career, is good in a very commercial and ultimately disposable way. That's what makes Mi Tierra such a revelation. It's anything but disposable and really showcases Gloria as an organic talent. The songs sound beautiful, with careful and lush production and amazing lyrics. I don't know how the emotional intensity of the lyrics comes through for those who do not speak Spanish, but they are some of the most heartfelt and touching lyrics I've ever heard in songs. Most of the instruments are played perfectly by legends of Latin music, and whether a song is upbeat or a slow ballad, each song has amazing depth. This album helped me connect with my Cuban heritage and I recommend it to any fan of music, whether they're into Latin music or not. It's beautiful and timeless music.


Born: September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba

Genre: Pop

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

As one of the biggest new stars to emerge during the mid-'80s, singer Gloria Estefan predated the coming Latin pop explosion by a decade, scoring a series of propulsive dance hits rooted in the rhythms of her native Cuba before shifting her focus to softer, more ballad-oriented fare. Born Gloria Fajardo in Havana on September 1, 1957, she was raised primarily in Miami, Florida, after her father, a bodyguard in the employ of Cuban president Fulgencio Batista, was forced to flee the island following...
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