Luis Enrique

Timbalaye

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Luis Enrique offers big, bold club-pop and ballads on the shimmering TIMBALAYE. The floor-thumpers are organic party anthems reminiscent of Miami Sound Machine, while the contrasting love jams have the tenderness and candor of Marco Antonio Solis. Produced and co-penned by Luis himself, the cuts here comprise a vision full of passion and finesse.

A Carnaval-feel drives title track, with an exciting wave of timbales, hand drums, Spanish guitar, horn fills and a soaring chorus. "Regresa" and "Amuleto Secreto" are heartfelt dedications, the former a magical synthesizer soundscape, the latter a lovely piece of intimacy that glows with soft strings and choral harmonies. All around, Luis displays a sophisticated sense of harmony and graces every tune with his passionate alto

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