Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Pedro Luis Ferrer|
Pedro Luis Ferrer
Genres: World Music, Pop, Latin Music
Master of the guaracha song form, Pedro Luis Ferrer premieres in America with this self-titled release, a laid-back collection of Cuban music featuring Ferrer's soulful guitar and tres playing. Somewhat of a departure from... more »
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Master of the guaracha song form, Pedro Luis Ferrer premieres in America with this self-titled release, a laid-back collection of Cuban music featuring Ferrer's soulful guitar and tres playing. Somewhat of a departure from the Buena Vista Social Club scene, Ferrer's sound is modern, employing women backup singers and a folkish vocal style. But make no mistake, Ferrer's Cuban roots do shine through on all tracks via thick percussion and traditional melodies--what's unique here is his vocal style and sparse instrumentation. More akin to a lone singer-songwriter than entertainer with full-scale orchestra, Ferrer sings lyrics of social commentary in a genuine, reposed voice while oftentimes only percussion and backup vocals complement his expert guitar playing. Not a fiery wall of brassy attitude, but rather a man and his musical vision... and an outstanding one at that. --Karen Karleski
A Serious Disappointment
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Having heard Ferrer's electrifying performance of his song "Mariposa" on the soundtrack to the film "Before Night Falls," I purchased his self-titled album with high hopes. The letdown was profound. The dynamic guitar playing, impassioned singing, infectious rhythm and excellent production values of "Mariposa" are nowhere to be found. Given the fact that he employs a full complement of Cuban musicians playing traditional instruments, you would expect this album to really rock. Instead, Ferrer bores us with listless, monotonous songs and arrangements. Not a single cut on this album bears even the slightest resemblance to "Mariposa"; in fact, you would never know that Ferrer plays the guitar, except for the numerous pictures in the CD of him holding one. The sound quality of this CD is also poor, with Ferrer's voice buried in the instrumental mix. The best thing about this CD, and it certainly isn't worth the price of admission, is the lovely singing of Lena Ferrer, who accompanies him occasionally. I played this album for a Colombian friend with a huge Cuban music collection, thinking that perhaps I was missing the point. After 30 seconds each of the first two songs, she asked me to take it off the stereo and move on to something else! Don't suffer the same fate. Save your money."
Maria Moran | Miami, FL | 03/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got a hold of this CD by accident a couple of months ago. Been listening to it constantly. Cannot get it out of my head. Voice reminds me of Guillermo Portabales. Great music and lyrics."
Fantastic and Inspiring
ljhend | Santa Rosa, CA USA | 03/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was in Cuba during New Year's 2003 and saw Pedro Luis Ferrer live! He is THE folksinger for the Cuban people. He incorporates native rythyms from the countryside as well as some of the Latino beat we are used to. His lyrics are social satire and commentary. I utterly love this CD. I purchased it directly from the artist and treasure it. My husband and I listen to it almost every Friday night with our Mojitos. Truly a Cuban gem."