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Album Review

Popular Tejano/banda singer Graciela Beltran moves from Univision to Fonovisa on her latest album, but the change of labels hasn't meant a change of sound. She's still "la Reina del Pueblo" (the people's queen), which means she's giving the public what they want, in this case ten songs of heartbreak and female empowerment. The opening track and first single, "Ya No Supe Amar," may come from the pen of an outside songwriter, but everything here does — Beltran doesn't write her own material — but the story it tells, of resilience in the face of betrayal, is one many members of her audience will doubtless relate to. It's mirrored by the album's closing cut, "Corrido de "El Hombre Fiel," and echoed in songs like "Yo Sin El" and "Ni Tu Ni Yo." In a way, arising as it does out of offstage heartbreak, this could be seen as Beltran's equivalent to Marvin Gaye's divorce-driven Here, My Dear. As always, her singing is impeccable, shifting between full-throated, incantatory cries and delicate crooning. The music is traditional banda, but cheesy synths are kept to a minimum, the parade drum has a solid thump, and the horns blare forcefully. This is an accomplished, emotionally affecting album that shows Beltran is in no danger of losing her throne.

Customer Reviews

graciela beltran #1 Fan

esta si es la reina de la banda.. no importa que opinen los demas

MUY buen disco.

La voz de Graciela Beltran siempre ha sido aguda y suave. Hasta cuando canta con fuerza se siente suave y a mi eso me gusta mucho. A mi siempre me ha gustado mucho esta mujer desde "Tesoro" y hasta la fecha me sigue gustando igual. Aunque no me gusto mucho el que haya incluido el par de covers, le quedaron bien. Los temas fuertes del disco son: "Ya No Supe Amar", "Se Me Olvido", "Dile A Esa Tonta", "Da Coraje", "Yo Sin El", "Fui Demasiado Facil" y "Obsesion"...esas son las que se te quedan grabadas y las demas, aunque tambien son buenas, quedan mejor de "break" entre las canciones mas fuertes. Definitivamente en este disco Graciela se luce y nos muestra el por que ella, venda o no venda, no necesita de escandalos para promover su trabajo.

EWWWWW

tu no eres la reina de la banda.... solo te llamas la Reina de la banda proque JENNI es la DIVA de LA BANDA. JennI es mejor que tu

Biography

Born: December 29, 1967 in Costa Rica, Sinaloa, Mexico

Genre: Regional Mexicano

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

Tejano singer Graciela Beltran is widely known as one of regional Mexican music's most influential female voices. Next to artists like Rocío Dúrcal and Selena, Beltran is credited with helping to form the genre, as well as solidifying a woman's place in it. Born in a small town in Sinaloa, Mexico, She showed immense musical potential from an early age. After her family had relocated to Los Angeles, she began performing professionally at restaurants and fiestas as early as age six. Under the name...
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