Tony Vega

Tu Eres Mi Respirar

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Tony Vega has been a heavy hitter for the RMM label for several years, producing several gold and silver records. Long stints with both Eddie Palmieri and Louie Ramirez have produced big hits such as "Mi Amigo el Payaso," "Caramelito de Campo," and "Busca el Ritmo." A vocalist of his caliber does not often miss. Such is the case with the 2004 release of Tu Eres Mi Respirear. The results of the seamless production of Carolina Arenas combined with the distilled restraint of Vega's performance are butter smooth. The horn lines throughout are well written and expertly delivered. The inclusion of orchestral accompaniment on "Cuestión de Fe" and "Carita de Sol" adds a pop sensibility, creating real drama. The title cut and last track on the album, "Tú Eres Mi Respirar" is a surprise arrangement of the CCM classic "This Is My Daily Bread," a new turn for this artist, having achieved major success in secular markets. Vega's approach on this record is to round off every corner and present the song like a river stone, as flawless and shiny as possible. Though he is successful in this tireless pursuit, the perfection sometimes detracts from the feel. Always a proponent of the romantic side of the genre, Vega touches and inspires with gospel-inflected balladry and salsa on the sensual side.

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