Dias Felices

Dias Felices

by Cristian

CD

Overview

It isn't hard to understand why label execs become excited over the prospect of crossing Latin popsters over to non-Latin audiences by encouraging them to record in English (Shakira, Ricky Martin). Many Latin artists have great hooks, and the only thing that keeps them from crossing over -- in many cases -- is the language barrier. But Latin popsters certainly don't need the English language to be legitimate, and there are plenty of Spanish-speaking Cristian Castro fans all over Spain and Latin America who will acquire Dias Felices (Happy Days) and be glad that the Mexican star sings en espa�ol throughout the album. This late 2005 release doesn't have any help from Kike Santander, the mega-producer/songwriter who played a big role in the success of some of Castro's previous releases. Nonetheless, Dias Felices still has a lot going for it even though the disc is slightly inconsistent. Castro fares well on the moodier, more haunting items such as "Dinamita," "Abrazado a Tu Piel," and "Sin Tu Amor," but the album's standout track is "Simone" -- a sweet, medium-tempo gem that underscores Castro's Beatles/Elton John/Billy Joel influence despite the fact that he is singing and writing in another language. Meanwhile, the slick, middle-of-the-road ballads "Amor Total" and "Si Ya No Estas Aqu�" aren't as memorable as "Simone," but they're pleasant enough. Dias Felices (which is more Latin pop than rock en espa�ol but still has its share of pop
ock appeal) won't go down in history as Castro's most essential release, but it's a generally respectable demonstration of the fact that he can do some worthwhile things even when Kike Santander's Midas touch is nowhere to be found.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2005
Label: Universal Latino
UPC: 0602498871249
catalogNumber: 000572802

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