by Kuky


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If countless Latin artists can earn a living performing rock or rap in Spanish, is there any reason why the Spanish language should not be used for R&B purposes as well? There isn't. R&B has been popular among Latinos in the United States for decades -- popular among Cuban-Americans in Miami, popular among Puerto Ricans in the Bronx, popular among Mexican-Americans in East Los Angeles (where the Delfonics remained essential listening for low riders long after that Philly soul group reached its commercial peak). Bearing all those things in mind, it makes perfect sense for Mexican-American R&B/pop singer Kuky to use the Spanish language to express herself on this promising self-titled debut album. Stylistically, Lucero Rodriguez, aka Kuky, has a lot in common with hip-hop-minded R&B belters such as Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and Beyoncé Knowles, but except for "Let Me See," this early 2007 release (which was produced by rap duo Akwid and mostly written by Kuky herself) is totally en español. No one will accuse Kuky's debut of being overly optimistic; many of the Los Angeles native's songs are as melancholy as they are introspective, and that approach serves her well on "Mentiras" ("Lies"), "Sufrí por Ti" ("I Suffered for You"), "Ya No" ("No Longer") and other memorable tracks. The brassy "Let Me See," however, is an unexpected departure from much of the album -- not only because most of its lyrics are in English, but also because it lacks the ultra-serious tone that Kuky usually favors. A lighthearted, somewhat Kelis-ish ode to casual sex, "Let Me See" is obviously meant to demonstrate that not everything Kuky writes is somber and brooding. But most of the time, melancholia prevails on Kuky's impressive debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/23/2007
Label: Machete Music
UPC: 0602517070615
catalogNumber: 000791302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kuky   Primary Artist
Pedro Eustache   Flute,Sampona
Ramon Flores   Trumpet
Leyla Hoyle   Coros
Harry Scorzo   Concert Master,Cuerda
Ramon Stagnaro   Electric Guitar,Vihuela,spanish guitar
Francis Benítez   Coros
Ludvig Girdland   Cuerda
Marcy Vaj   Cuerda

Technical Credits

Jaime Ciero   Arranger
Sergio Gómez   Producer
Gustavo López   Executive Producer
Alfredo Fuentes   Engineer
Mike Cordero   Graphic Design
Guillermo Santiso   Executive Producer
Francisco Domínguez Gómez   Producer

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