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I Love Bachata

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I Love Bachata was one of numerous bachata compilations inundating the marketplace during 2010 (and doing fairly well on the Billboard Latin Albums chart, to be fair). There's no question that bachata had become one of the hottest Latin music styles by the end of the 2000s thanks to Aventura and other urban-oriented acts, many of them from New York if not the Dominican Republic. With 24 tracks spread across two CDs, the Planet Records compilation I Love Bachata mixes recent bachata hits from the past few years such as Frank Reyes' "Esto No Puede Seguir Así," El Chaval's "Ya Me Cansé," and Luis Vargas' "Soy Así" with older favorites such as Juan Luis Guerra's "Bachata Rose," Alex Bueno's "Gotas de Pena," and Los Toros Band's "Olvidarme de Ella." In general, most songs date back a few years at most; the Guerra classic, which dates back to 1990, is an exception. While some of the featured acts are obscure, for instance Carlos & Alejandra, El Party, Opalo, Toke D'keda, and Yoskar Sarante, many more are well known. In addition to Reyes, El Chaval, Vargas, Guerra, Bueno, and Los Toros Band, some of the better-known acts featured on I Love Bachata include Andy Andy, Zacarías Ferreíra, Daniel Santacruz, Los Ilegales, Monchy & Alexandra, Xtreme, and Antony Santos. All in all, there's a lot of outstanding bachata compiled on I Love Bachata, even if much of it is a bit dated.

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