Mercedes Sosa

Corazón Libre

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On 2005's CORAZON LIBRE, the beloved Argentine vocalist Mercedes Sosa offers up beautifully spare songs that mostly originate from the northeastern region of her native land. The minimal instrumental backing--mainly consisting of acoustic guitar and light percussion--is ideal here, since it allows the focus to remain on Sosa's achingly gorgeous voice, which masterfully conveys a wide range of emotions. Renowned for her social conscience, Sosa uses her dynamic singing to relate tales of poverty ("Los Ninos de Nuestro Olvido"), celebration ("Solo pa' Bailarla"), strife ("Sufrida Tierra") and liberation (the title track). Decades into her remarkable career, Sosa's voice and spirit remain in fine form, a point proven by this subtle, outstanding album.

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