The stunning 11-track Rubén Blades – Tangos
released on the Sunnyside Records label earned the
multi-talented Panamanian singer, songwriter, guitarist another well-deserved
Latin Grammy award for Best Latin Pop Album at the 2015 Grammy® awards, one in a long line of musical successes for Rubén
Blades. Sung in Spanish, the release is richly poetic and captures the essence
of the storytelling Tango tradition.
Blades – Tangos
Rubén Blades - Tangos: Paula
C, Ligia Elena, Ella, Pablo Pueblo, Pedro Navaja, Vida, Juana Mayo, Sebastian,
Parao, Adan García, Tiempos
Rubén Blades - Tangos features the vocals and compositions by
Rubén Blades, arrangements and musical direction by Carlos Franzetti, and was released
on the Sunnyside Records label.
As an introduction for those not familiar with Rubén Blades,
he is a multi-faceted major talent who grew up in Panama surrounded by music. He
earned a law degree, is a stage and screen actor, singer, songwriter, musician,
and politician, and was appointed as Minister of Tourism in 2004 for a 5-year
period by Panamanian President Martin Torrijos. His music crosses genres of
Salsa, Latin Jazz, Latin Pop, and World Music.
He won his first Grammy® award in 1986 for his album, Escenas, and has since gone on to win
successive Grammy® awards (1988 – Antecedente,
1996 – La Rosa De Las Vientos, 1999 –
Tiempos, 2002 – Mundo, 2004 – Across 110th
Street), and for his latest release, Rubén Blades – Tangos – 2015 winner
of Best Latin Pop Album.
Rubén Blades – Tangos is a rich release featuring 11 compositions
written by Rubén Blades, songs which have interesting characters with stories
to tell. The lyrics are poetic and evocative and you feel as if you know each
of the characters and stories by the end of the songs. Sung in Spanish, non-Spanish
speakers may enjoy reading the lyrics in English by visiting the Rubén Blades website: www.RubenBlades.com where you can find
many of the lyrics (in English under the Lyrics section and in Spanish under
the Letras section).
The release opens with the song Paula C, and then gracefully segues into Ligia Elena, a song about a naïve society girl who eloped with a
trumpet player from the neighborhood and whose father is looking for her and who
cannot understand why she left the “good life” for a poor musician. The Spanish
lyrics implore, “Ligia Elena la cándida niña de la sociedad, Se ha fugado con
un trompetista de la vecindad, El padre la busca afanosamente, Y lo está
comentando toda la gente Y la madre pregunta angustiada: "¿en dónde estará?...” The
track Ella is off his 2002 Mundo release.
The song Pablo Pueblo
is the moving story about the life of a sad man whose lyrics explain him as “…Pablo
Pueblo, son of screams and streets, of misery and hunger, of alleys and sadness,
Pablo Pueblo, hope is his nourishment, his steps are slow, his shadow never
Pedro Navaja tells
the tale about a crook who dies during a robbery whose lyrics invite the
imagination to look into his life, “…Life will give your surprises, Surprises
will life give you, I saw him turn the corner of the old neighborhood, walking
the walk of the cool and slick dudes, with his hands inside his jacket pockets as always, so
nobody can tell where he carries the blade …”
The lyrics of the song Adan
García give insight into the character's life, “The last day in Adan Garcia’s life found
him like others of his past, dreaming about winning the “Big One “on the lottery
with his wife and kids sleeping on his side...”
Other great tracks on the release include Vida, Juana Mayo, Sebastian,
and Parao. The last song on the
release, Tiempos, the title track off
his 1999 Tiempos release, is the
story of life’s triumphs and failures, about love and about pain. Beautifully
sung, composed and arranged, with stellar music accompaniment, Rubén Blades – Tangos is pure listening
pleasure from start to finish.
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Blades – Tangos: www.Amazon.com/Ruben-Blades-Tangos
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