Juan Luis Guerra / Juan Luis Guerra y 440

Burbujas de Amor

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Released exclusively in Spain, Burbujas de Amor: 30 Grandes Canciones Románticas is the most comprehensive Juan Luis Guerra compilation to date. Like a few others released prior to this one, it chronicles his 1980s and '90s output, in particular the albums Ojalá Que Llueva Café (1989), Bachata Rose (1990), Areíto (1992), Fogaraté (1994), and Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual (1998). His output from the '80s is largely overlooked with the exception of one song from his third album, Mientras Más Lo Pienso...Tú (1987), and three songs from his fourth album, Ojalá Que Llueva Café (1989), which unbeknown to many fans is a hidden gem in his back catalog. Titled after Guerra's 1990 breakout hit of the same name, Burbujas de Amor: 30 Grandes Canciones Románticas is split in half and sequenced non-chronologically. The first disc is comprised of ballads and bachatas, whereas the second is comprised of merengues and uptempo material. This split-tempo approach is in contrast to Guerra's albums, which often switch gears from fast to slow. About half of the 30 songs here were hit singles, but that doesn't mean the others are of lesser quality. As it turns out, all the material here is first-rate. Guerra's albums have always been fairly solid, with radio-friendly hits sequenced alongside high-quality album tracks, and this compilation shows that to be true. It's difficult to pick out the singles here; they're all great songs. Among prior compilations, the 20-track Colección Romántica (2001) is similar in this regard, rounding up hits as well as lesser-known material, and has the added benefit of being released internationally. A more concise alternative is Grandes Éxitos Juan Luis Guerra y 440 (1995), which is more singles-oriented, but unfortunately includes nothing from one of Guerra's all-time best albums, the subsequently released Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual.