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La Familia Soriano by Joan Soriano
Released: Apr 2012
Label: Iaso Records
If your experience with bachata has been with the likes of Romeo Santos and Prince Royce, you’re in for a surprise -- a warm, lovely surprise. La Familia Soriano is steeped in a more classic version of the genre than the kind of R&B-laced pop fare that gets the most attention today. The genre’s Afro-Caribbean roots are emphasized (sometimes explicitly, as on “Tú me estás matando”), the steel string guitar is prominent and the vocals are as rich and full as the emotions on tracks like “La Trampa.” But Soriano also contemporizes his classicism with sunny hooks and a pop sweetness.
Rachel Devitt
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