Pitingo : Soulería

Album cover art for upc 602517790766
Catalog: UMGI1779076.2
Format: CD

* 1 De Ayamonte a Mississippi - 3:11 * 2 Killing Me Softly with His Song (Mátame Suavemente Con Tu Canción) - 3:38 * 3 Silencio (Fandangos de Huelva) - 2:59 * 4 En Algun Lugar del Mundo [Bulería] - 3:18 * 5 Yo No Te He Dado Motivos [Tientos] - 3:58 * 6 Sólo Sé Que No Sé Nada [Tangos] - 3:54 * 7 Gwendolyne - 2:44 * 8 A Fernanda de Utrera - 4:49 * 9 Ayer [Yesterday] - 2:16 * 10 Me Rindo Ante Ti - 4:21 * 11 Los Tiempos Están Cambiando [Tangos] - 2:29 * 12 Taranta al Tío Juan Habichuela - 3:22 * 13 Yo Viviré [I Will Survive] - 4:11 * 14 Me Recordaras [Every Breath You Take] - 3:26 * 15 [Untitled] - 5:23

Two years after the release of his full-length solo album debut, Pitingo con Habichuelas (2006), flamenco fusion vocalist Pitingo became a Spanish sensation with the release of his second album, Soulería. A collaboration with acclaimed flamenco guitarist Juan Carmona (of the group Ketama) and the London Community Gospel Choir, Soulería is a unique album on which Pitingo fuses flamenco with soul music motifs, dramatically reinterpreting a number of well-worn standards in the process. The cover songs include "Killing Me Softly" (originally released by Roberta Flack in 1973 and revived by the Fugees in 1996), "Gwendolyne" (Julio Iglesias, 1970), "Ayer" (i.e., "Yesterday"; the Beatles, 1965), and "Me Rindo Ante Ti" (i.e., "On Bended Knee"; Boyz II Men, 1994). Beginning with "Killing Me Softly," which is sequenced second, these covers are spread across the album, interspersed by more traditional flamenco material, and they bring an occasional dash of familiarity to the album. The performance of "Killing Me Softly" is especially familiar -- perhaps too much so, especially with its English-language chorus -- but it helped make Soulería a crossover success in Spain, where over the course of three months the album rose, rather miraculously for a flamenco release, to the Top Five of the albums chart. Those expecting lots of "soul" as billed in the album title may be disappointed, for the gospel choir is sparingly employed and some of the covers (e.g., "Yesterday") could hardly be classified as soul music. Yet if you accept the album for what it is (an album that employs soul music motifs in an otherwise pure flamenco context) rather than what some hyped it to be (an innovative fusion of equal parts flamenco and soul), Soulería is one of the more impressive -- and certainly one of the most accessible -- flamenco albums in years and is deserving of its popularity. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi

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