After the breakup of his regular band, Gilberto Santa Rosa still maintained his usual, traditional-cum-romantic style. Esencia, however, is peppered with electronic music to spare, string accompaniments, and a superb ballad ("Para Vivir" by the legendary Cuban composer Pablo Milanes); even rap is thrown into the mix ("...Y Eso Duele," with help of rappers Memo and Vale). Unquestionably, Santa Rosa's most eclectic (and unusual) production to date.
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AllMusic Review by José A. Estévez, Jr.