Último Acto

Último Acto

by Vicentico

Overview

Although Último Acto is technically Vicentico's sixth solo studio album, it would be more precise to call it a greatest-hits compilation in disguise. A common practice for major artists, usually when they need to fulfill a contractual obligation or their label needs a glossy calling card to break into a new market, this is one of those albums made of newly recorded versions of the artist's favorites -- which frequently seem to coincide with their most popular songs. Produced once again by multiple Latin Grammy-winner Cachorro López and recorded in New York, L.A., Nashville, Kingston, Santiago de Chile, and Buenos Aires with the help of A-level session players and celebrity guests, Último Acto repackages the best of Vicentico in a shimmering and tasteful new envelope. The track list is heavily balanced toward his 2010s material, with nine out of fourteen selections coming from the excellent Solo Un Momento (2010) and Vicentico 5 (2012), and there's a 2013 cover of "Puro Teatro" for the TV series Farsantes, which leaves four tracks to represent his first three studio albums (it should be noted, however, that Vicentico had already released a greatest-hits collection in 2008, which summarized precisely those three albums). Último Acto is enhanced by the inclusion of four new songs, the first single, "Esclavo de Tu Amor," "Solo Otra Vez," "Las Estrellas," and "Último Acto," and of course by the presence of Willie Nelson in "Solo un Momento," Sly & Robbie in "Las Estrellas," Our Latin Thing in "Algo Contigo," "Culpable," and "Los Caminos de la Vida," Tex-Mex outfit Intocable in "Viento" and "Cobarde," and actress Valeria Bertucelli (who is also Vicentico's wife) in "No Te Apartes de Mí," reprising her own role from the original studio version. So, how do the new versions compare to the originals? Neither favorably nor unfavorably. One could argue that this time around, the songs are better recorded, performed, and sung, but in truth there are no drastic changes, no genre overhauls, and no sudden tempo alterations. Sure, the arrangements are slightly different -- most tracks now have strings -- but the overall feel of a song is still pretty much the same as it was before, which is not a bad thing, as Vicentico has evolved into an engaging, confident vocalist, and he's amassed a considerable number of truly fine songs, many on display here. Último Acto offers a good overview of his solo career and aptly showcases his successful transformation into a seasoned crooner inspired by the sounds of the '70s, both Latin and American; he's equally comfortable with bolero, son, reggae, country, pop, and singer/songwriter stylings. While Vicentico's longtime fans may feel shortchanged by this hybrid release, Último Acto works very well as a greatest-hits package or as an introduction to his music to new audiences, which is probably what the release of this collection set out to accomplish, anyway.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2015
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0888750613622
catalogNumber: 506136

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vicentico   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Coros
David Torn   Electric Guitar
Jorge Lopez Ruiz   Arreglos
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Bucky Baxter   Pedal Steel Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Bateria
Adan Perez   Piano,Arreglos
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Mike Rojas   Piano,Hammond Organ
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Cesar Sogbe   Mezcla
Didi Gutman   Keyboards
Cachorro López   Bass,Arreglos,Vientos,Guitar (Baritone)
Valeria Bertuccelli   Vocals,Coros
Félix G. Salinas   Bass
Sebastián Schon   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Arreglos,Vientos
Victor Skorupski   Baritone Saxophone
Juanchi Baleiron   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alex Batista   Coros
Johnny Lee Rosas   Bajo Quinto
Aaron Johnston   Bateria
René Martínez   Bateria
Sergio Serna   Percussion
Richard Nant   Trumpet
Pablo Agri   Violin
Jesse Murphy   Bass
Patricio Villarejo   Cello
Horacio "Mono" Hurtado   Contrabass (Vocal)
Germán Wiedemer   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Organo
Oscar Giunta   Bateria
Demian Nava   Mezcla
Dany Avila   Bateria
Demir Lulja   Violin
Chris Sanchez   Trumpet,Arreglos
Ricky Muñoz   Accordion,Vocals,Coros
Martín Fava   Violin
Martin Fava   Violin
Hommy Ramos   Trombone
Felipe Fournier   Vibes
Juan Canosa   Trombone
Carlos Orduz   Saxophone
Joseph Gonzalez   Coros
Cristian Minutta   Vestuario
Carlos Cosattini   Violin
Carlos Padrón   Timbales
Marco Arguinzoni   Percussion
Ángel Ríos   Coros
Gonzalo Córdoba   Electric Guitar
Pete Abbott   Bateria
Patricia Casella   Viola
Fermadjian Flora   Violin
Martha Cosattini   Violin
Marcelo Prieto   Violin
Marcela Oliveri   Violin
Juri Nakamura   Violin
Alba Mariela Meza   Viola
Alex Ayala   Bass

Technical Credits

Jorge Lopez Ruiz   String Director
Roberto Carlos   Composer
Franco Simone   Composer
Gilbert O'Sullivan   Composer
Adan Perez   Engineer
Chico Novarro   Composer
Cachorro López   Composer,Programming,String Arrangements
Delroy "Fatta" Pottinger   Engineer
Sebastián Schon   Programming,Engineer,String Arrangements
James Slater   Composer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Omar Geles   Composer
Tite Curet Alonso   Composer
Gabriel Fernandez Capello   Composer
Demian Nava   Engineer
Juan Blas Caballero   Programming

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