Amanecer is Latin pop at its very finest and most refined. This is no surprise, coming from one of the genre's MVPs, having served as both writer and vocalist for some of the industry's biggest hits for over a dozen years. Jon Secada transitions freely from the English-speaking world of adult contemporary to the Spanish-speaking Latin pop charts. This record, however, is sure to delight pop lovers from both sides of the language barrier. With both experience and education (B.A. and M.A. in jazz vocal performance from the University of Miami) in the pop/jazz realm, Jon certainly lacks the telltale vocal inflection and ornamentation that is characteristic of Cuban singers. But Amanecer never attempts nor pretends to be a salsa record. Instead, Jon croons and woos the listener with his cognac-smooth phrasing and lush string rich arrangements. Even the dance tracks present, fun though they are, are very Anglo-friendly, downbeat-oriented, and lacking swing. This pop masterpiece bears the Miami/Estefan mark and all the epic glory and shine that comes with that name. Like so many previous Secada releases, Amanecer aims to be a crowd-pleaser on a grand scale and, like all that came before, is sure to achieve its goal. Secada was born to chart and lives his birthright to the fullest with Amanecer.
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AllMusic Review by Evan C. Gutierrez
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