Dante Spinetta

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After the end of Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, Dante Spinetta began working in his first solo album and the result was Elevado. Although there are obvious connections, specially with the album Versus, his debut it's not quite the same as another Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas album. Dante Spinetta uses a variety of influences to his creative advantage, so this album is a full of R&B, Neo-Soul, hip-hop and funk. That might sound common for a new black American artist (Like Maxwell and D'Angelo) but for certain is not common for a Latin artist not living in America. The more surrealistic and funnier side of Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas is left behind. Dante seems to be serious about love and sex, the album's main themes. Some songs are sang in Spanish while the others are in English. "Donde vas" was the first single and it shows along with "El Guatemalo," "Humo Digital" and "Ultra Mofo" the more danceable and enjoyable side of this album. The rest are smooth ballads. This is a good song collection, carefully produced and arranged, although it sounds a bit monotone and exhausting at a first listen.

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