A 10 años....un recuerdo permanente
by Lola Beltran
Released: Mar 2006
Label: WEA Latina
They didn't call her "la reina de la musica ranchera" for nothing. Lola Beltran earns that crown over and over on this anthology of tunes from her decades-long career. All the classics are here (and, yes, no matter how many times you hear it, "Cucurrucucu Paloma" is a revelation), each one drenched in drama as Beltran soars, croons, belts and coos across it. Her magnificent voice is like bronze: warm and strong, bolstering your spirits and piercing your heart with one fell swoop -- or hoot or sob. Her pathos will break your heart, but it's her sheer diva power that'll take your breath away.