Various Artists Hecho En Cuba 2
- Words: Luciana Lopez
- Label: Ultra
On the second installment of the Hecho En Cuba series, the Buena Vista Social Club members create songs that are low-key and vibrant at the same time. None of the 15 tracks, which include contributions from new BVSC associate Roberto Fonseca as well as the Afro-Cuban All Stars, have the rip-roaring sound that pisses off the neighbors; but the sense of joy woven throughout this album reminds you that it is good to be alive. Ibrahim Ferrer, well into his '70s, contributes three excellent tracks, and Omara Portuondo shows why she's still a grand dame with the passionate, romantic "Alli." Any of the tracks here would be standouts on a lesser album, but taken together, they go down like a delicious spoon full of sugar.
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