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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
A groundbreaking record that transported freestyle's beats and themes to new heights, Together Forever temporarily broke freestyle out of it's early '90s slump. With producer Carlos Berrios, Lisette Melendez added instrum... more »
A groundbreaking record that transported freestyle's beats and themes to new heights, Together Forever temporarily broke freestyle out of it's early '90s slump. With producer Carlos Berrios, Lisette Melendez added instrumental and vocal heft to this thoroughly, unrepentantly teenage format. The single "Together Forever" introduced the genre's "new school" with its innovative use of hip-hop loops. Melendez's vocals throughout the album suggest a maturity beyond the adolescent range of predecessors such as Lisa Lisa or Exposé. --John Sanchez
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Latin Freestyle at its Best
The Groove | Boston, MA | 12/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lisette Melendez is the down-to-earth Latina that Jennifer Lopez can only dream to become. Not only is Liestte blessed with such a great voice, but her producers keep coming at you with beats and grooves that never lack spark or attitude. "A Day in My Life Without You," "Together Forever," and "He's My Baby Now" are all verified dance-floor gems that, say, "Love Don't Cost a Thing" couldn't hold a candle to. If there is any justice, Lisette will come back strong and give us once again the true Latin flava we're really craving for."
Better than J.Lo
Sinitta | Germany | 12/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A very good album. Lisette shows much emotion and a very good singing voice. The album includes hits like "He's my baby now" and "Holding on". If you want to try out good Latin freestyle, this is it. Better than J.Lo or Lisa Lisa."
RetroRhythms | USA | 05/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lisette Melendez had an unexpected crossover hit when her freestyle jam, "Together Forever," produced by Carlos "After Dark Berrios," became a top-40 pop hit in the spring of 1991. That now-classic, along with Corina's "Temptation" (also produced by Berrios, and released in the same time frame), helped define a new direction for the freestyle sub-genre coming out of the 80's. In fact, Melendez had been working with Berrios for several years at this point: she sang lead on two singles released under the moniker "Only in the Dark" released in the late 80's!
Melendez's debut set will be a real pleaser for any devoted freestyle fans. It's practically a non-stop freestyle party, with jam after jam of the "After Dark" sound bolstered by her sassy and spirited vocals. What sets her apart from many other vocalists of the genre that made it to the pop charts is the strength of her Spanish accent -- which is a welcome treat. She sounds soulful and un-Americanized. Perhaps most surprising are the two ballads that close the album: "A Place for You," a very moving pop number; and "Remember the Rain," a moody, affecting renditiion of the Vibrations' 1968 soul classic. Melendez dismisses any notions of her as a limited studio singer with her memorable performances on these tunes.
An essential piece for any dedicated fans of freestyle or early-90's pop/dance."