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Medio Vivir
Ricky Martin
Medio Vivir
Genres: Pop, Latin Music
 
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A Medio Vivir is Ricky Martin's stylistic leap from the swoony crooning of Me Amaras toward Top 40 stardom. While still an essentially romantic recording, this collection dips into rock, gospel, and Latin soul, forming the...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Ricky Martin
Title: Medio Vivir
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 8
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
Original Release Date: 9/12/1995
Re-Release Date: 9/8/1995
Genres: Pop, Latin Music
Styles: Dance Pop, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 037628165125, 5099748916020

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A Medio Vivir is Ricky Martin's stylistic leap from the swoony crooning of Me Amaras toward Top 40 stardom. While still an essentially romantic recording, this collection dips into rock, gospel, and Latin soul, forming the foundation of the artist's meteoric rise on the charts. Beginning with the sound of ocean waves, A Media Vivir gets going strong with the wailing sax, chorded piano, and gospel-choir backing on the superlative title cut through to the electrified rock of "Bombom de Azucar." Martin's vocals by this point have become more expressive, bombastic, and, handily, manly--the mother of all romance languages catching in his throat in a strangely appealing fashion. Adventurous in its genre hopping, Vivir is uneven, but a welcome departure and expansion from his days of Menudo and languid Latin love songs and a harbinger of what's to come. And if Martin busting a move in the midst of a ring of fire on national television is the listener's speed, then A Media Vivir in all its ragged enthusiasm is just the thing. --Paige La Grone

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Member CD Reviews

Renae Z.
Reviewed on 12/31/2006...
Written by an independent 3rd party reviewer:

I consider "A Medio Vivir" to be one of Ricky Martin's two best CDs (the other one being the superb "Vuelve"). This CD of Latin pop contains many well-crafted songs, all performed with skill and enthusiasm by the versatile Martin. He can play it smooth or belt it out like a true male diva--whatever the song calls for. All of the lyrics are in Spanish.

As a whole, the songs on "A Medio Vivir" are a diverse bunch. "Corazon" has a disco feel, and "Revolucion" has an edgier rock sound. "Bombom de Azucar" has delightfully playful rhythms and lyrics. "Maria" is the most obviously Latin of the songs, with its strongly percussive instrumentation and overall tropical flavor. Ricky's performances are especially strong on the emotional ballads: "Volveras," "Te Extrano," and "Fuego de Noche."

"A Medio Vivir" is an essential disc for fans of Latin pop. And those who are only familiar with Ricky's English-language work should definitely check out this disc. His energy transcends language barriers.

CD Reviews

Engaging Latin pop from Ricky Martin
Michael J. Mazza | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 04/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I consider "A Medio Vivir" to be one of Ricky Martin's two best CDs (the other one being the superb "Vuelve"). This CD of Latin pop contains many well-crafted songs, all performed with skill and enthusiasm by the versatile Martin. He can play it smooth or belt it out like a true male diva--whatever the song calls for. All of the lyrics are in Spanish.As a whole, the songs on "A Medio Vivir" are a diverse bunch. "Corazon" has a disco feel, and "Revolucion" has an edgier rock sound. "Bombom de Azucar" has delightfully playful rhythms and lyrics. "Maria" is the most obviously Latin of the songs, with its strongly percussive instrumentation and overall tropical flavor. Ricky's performances are especially strong on the emotional ballads: "Volveras," "Te Extrano," and "Fuego de Noche." "A Medio Vivir" is an essential disc for fans of Latin pop. And those who are only familiar with Ricky's English-language work should definitely check out this disc. His energy transcends language barriers."
An all-around great CD.
R. Kearns-White | 10/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you own Vuelve and Ricky Martin's English debut album, then you need to add this one to your collection. It's similar to his English album, in that the songs are primarily pop-oriented with some Latin flavor (whereas Vuelve is all Latin-inspired). But, just like Vuelve, there are tracks that will haunt you long after you turn off the music. No one sings with the passion and emotion that Ricky does, and you'll definitely get plenty of it in Fuego de Noche - Nieve de Dia, Te Extrano - Te Olvido - Te Amo, A Medio Vivir, Volveras, and the tear-jerker Como Decirte Adios. This also has the original version of the HUGE hit Maria, plus some other great ones like Donde Estaras, Somos la Semilla, Bombom de Azucar and Corazon. Fantastico como siempre!"