Rodrigo Cerrudo

Retro Dancing

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Anyone listening to Rodrigo Cerrudo's 1997 release, Retro Dancing, might be tempted to get up and dance, as the entire album is centered around the theme of dancing. As such, most of the music is upbeat and full of life, although two songs are ballads, which provides a nice variation. A number of songs are Latin-flavored. "Ngayon Kapiling Ka" (Now You're in My Arms), for example, grooves on a spirited Latin vibe, although the melody and singing are that of a Filipino easy listening love song speeded up to match the arrangement. While not the best of singers, Rodrigo Cerrudo has a pleasant, passable voice. One song that isn't Latin-influenced is the opening "I Will Be There for You." The song moves on a very fast tempo and is punctuated by tasty horn riffs. Not many people will resist the urge to tap their feet when hearing this song. The likeable "When Love Was Young" contains a Spanish-sounding horn section. The ballads "Babae" (Woman) -- which contains pretty, Spanish-styled acoustic guitar work -- and "Once Again" are enjoyable, too.