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Flor De Amor
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Album: Flor De Amor
# Song Title   Time
1)    Tabú More Info...
2)    Amor de Mis Amores More Info...
3)    Alma de Roca More Info...
4)    Mueve la Cintura Mulato More Info...
5)    Junto a un Cañaveral More Info...
6)    Hermosa Habana More Info...
7)    El Madrugador More Info...
8)    Amorosa Guajira More Info...
9)    Habanera Ven More Info...
10)    Si Llego a Besarte More Info...
11)    Flor de Amor More Info...
12)    Juramento More Info...
13)    He Venido a Decirte More Info...
14)    Casa Calor More Info...
 

Album: Flor De Amor
# Song Title   Time
1)    Tabú More Info...
2)    Amor de Mis Amores More Info...
3)    Alma de Roca More Info...
4)    Mueve la Cintura Mulato More Info...
5)    Junto a un Cañaveral More Info...
6)    Hermosa Habana More Info...
7)    El Madrugador More Info...
8)    Amorosa Guajira More Info...
9)    Habanera Ven More Info...
10)    Si Llego a Besarte More Info...
11)    Flor de Amor More Info...
12)    Juramento More Info...
13)    He Venido a Decirte More Info...
14)    Casa Calor More Info...
 
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  • Though Omara Portuondo has been singing and performing in her native Cuba since the late 1940s, her career experienced a radical resurgence after her participation on the 1997 album BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB. Portuondo possesses a deep, sultry voice that remains in superb condition, and she uses it to croon over complex island rhythms with seemingly effortless ease, as on the easy shuffle of "El Madrugador" and the dance-floor filler "Mueve La Cintura Mulato."
  • FLOR DE AMOR, the singer's second release on the World Circuit imprint, shows a heavy Brazilian influence. Bossa nova and samba styles are identifiable here, though Portuondo keeps the whole firmly rooted in Cuban jazz and folk traditions. Polyrhythms simmer throughout, but the vibe is elegant, romantic, and decidedly low-key, evoking the tropical nights and lazy street cafes of the singer's native Havana. This ballad-heavy collection includes songs of love, heartache, and romantic longing, which are no less bewitching for being sung by a woman in her twilight years; in fact, the experience in her voice lights each song beautifully from within.
Professional Reviews
Q (p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[W]onderfully arranged and played....This is a far headier brew than her recent sets."

Uncut (p.102) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[S]he's created a great soundtrack for the summer, and as perfect a Latin album as you could hope to find."

Dirty Linen (p.83) - "The rich rhythms and romantic style easily remind one of an earlier era of Cuban music....Portuondo delivers a rich, multi-layered sound - guitars, percussion, horns, and background vocals - that engage the senses."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[The album] feels like an invitation to bring your drink and make yourself comfortable in the boudoir. It also marks a significant musical progression..."
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