Title - 'Panamericano'
Artist - Tiempo Libre
For those not in the know, Tiempo Libre are a three-time Grammy-nominated Cuban music group and (which should go without saying) is also one of the hottest bands around today!
As with a whole host of successful performers and artists alike, the seven members of Tiempo Libre have always written and performed songs about their lives – both past and present. That has changed though for the infectious vibes of Panamericano, because for this musical outing the guys have mined the lives that they currently live. Put more rationally, Panamericano is a musical celebration of their success: living a rich and amazing life, personally and musically, based in Miami.
Throughout the past 14 years, the band has appeared around the globe and now newly-signed to Universal Music Latin Entertainment in partnership with Universal Music Classics, Panamericano actually sounds like they are musically, and vocally free to attempt songs that they might have been "sidestepped" away from before.
The first track, 'Monta Que Te Quedas' - featuring Luis Ferndando Borjas (from the band Guaco) - is musical lightning to the feet, and that's backed by the beautiful ballad (featuring the smooth vocal tones of Frankie J) 'Yo Estoy Aqui.' Next up is the English-sung 'Somebody To Love Me,' featuring Yurel Cruz and it's definitive Afro-Caribbean sounds make this a joy to behold. The intimate club sounds of the rap track 'Callejero' are next and feature underground rapper Mr. Haka himself.
That is followed by 'El Loco,' a fun bounce of a track that will have you and your fedora nodding in the car, windows down, T-Tops off, for sure. The swing of 'Rema,' complete with Michel Peraza guesting is, in my humble opinion, one of the best tracks on the album. Don't get me wrong, they are all wonderful, passionate tracks, but this one seems to get deep down to the real gist of the meaning of this new album.
The R&B flow of 'Gallo Fino' is next, and features Cuban singer, composer, and producer, Descemer Bueno, whilst the fast pace of 'Dime Que No' (featuring Jean Rodriguez) is a real salsa hip jive. The joyous 'Quien Soy Yo' is next and the album is then brought to a close with the near-instrumental, and obviously heartfelt, 'Grandpa.'