Michael Salgado

El Zurdo de Oro

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With an average of two records a year since his debut in 1995, no one could doubt Michael Salgado's work ethic. As the artist who is credited with almost single-handedly reviving the norteño style for his generation, Salgado has already won a place both in history and the hearts of his loyal fans. Many may relax after having achieved such assured success. However, that doesn't seem to be the case with Salgado, as is evidenced not only by his huge discography and busy touring schedule, but also by the quality of his 2005 release, El Zurdo de Oro. To further the point, the album's 2005 Grammy nomination doesn't hurt. Many tejano artists, hurting for record company dollars, can come out of the studio sounding plastic thanks to heavily synthesized accompaniment and poor mastering. Perhaps because of his MVP status or artistic integrity, this is not a problem for Salgado. In fact, it never has been. El Zurdo de Oro sounds rich and natural. The production quality is top-notch, with shimmering accordion licks, a warm vocal tone, and perhaps most notable, an organic bass and drum sound. Salgado's songwriting is as charming and endearing as ever, and his accordion performance further establishes him as a modern master of the instrument.

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