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Until 3.0, Marc Anthony hadn't recorded an original salsa album since 2004's Valio la Pena. Co-produced by Anthony with longtime collaborator Sergio George -- also his pianist and bandleader -- most of the set was cut live in the studio with a full band, with overdubs added later. The opener is "Vivir Mi Vida," and the chart-topping single proves a canny yet interesting choice; it isn't a typical salsa number. With its big, anthemic backing chorus introducing it, before the claves and piano and percussion kick in, it's obvious this is a big, "baila baila" number, and not what the singer usually delivers as salsa. Its melodic hook is unmistakable, the interplay between the vocal and horns in the verses with the organic rhythms percolating right up front, and that enormous chorus makes it irresistible. And the salsa groove, once established, never lets go. But this isn't the album's strongest cut by a long shot. It's followed by another feint in "Volver a Comenzar," which commences as a sparse bittersweet ballad but quickly picks up in intensity, keeping the wistful flavor in a tropical groove. The bright soulful "Cambio de Piel," with its lithe piano, bright horns, and soaring, emotive vocal, is another highlight. The set's masterpiece, however, is "Espera," written by Ettore Grenci and Monica Velez. One suspects that the entire album was built around this glorious song. Commencing as a minor-key ballad, this sensual brooder is introduced by pronounced moody piano chords and bubbling congas before it opens wide about a minute in and George's piano begins with a series of percussive, swinging montunos leading wide-ranging, punchy horns -- the trombones act almost as a second bassline -- allowing Anthony to cut loose, pushing the rhythmic components of the melody in his improvisational phrasing to draw maximum emotion from its lyric. The string-laden ballad "La Copa Rota," featuring Rene Luis Toledo's gorgeous nylon-string guitar solo gliding atop the horns, moves toward son near the end, and the guitarist throws a curve by closing it with a tight 12-string solo. Aside from the compression in its horn production, "Hipocresía," by Julio Reyes (who contributes several tunes here), would have been right at home on an album by Cheo Feliciano or Ismael Rivera with Anthony's soaring improvisation in the break. The wrenching ballad-turned-burner "Cautivo de Este Amor," is the perfect closer, though a bonus pop version of "Vivir Mi Vida" is the actual bookend. 3.0 is a passionate, savvy, long overdue return by the great singer to the salsa roots that established his career.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2013
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0888837222020
catalogNumber: 372220
Rank: 141678

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Anthony   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Luis Aquino   Trumpet
Sergio George   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Diego Galé   Bongos,Maracas,Guiro
Victor Vazquez   Trombone
Eric Velez   Percussion
Robert Vilera   Timbales
William Duvall   Background Vocals
Guianko Gómez   Background Vocals
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass Guitar
Rene Luis Toledo   Acoustic Guitar
Mario Guini   Guitar
Antonio "Toñito" Vázquez   Trombone
Tony Cedeño   Percussion
Willaim "Kachiro" Thompson   Conga
José Raúl Agraz   Trumpet
José Aguierre   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Cheb Khaled   Composer,Lyricist
Marc Anthony   Arranger,Producer
Sergio George   Arranger,Producer
Adriana Lucia   Composer,Lyricist
Benito de Jesús   Composer,Lyricist
Polo Montañez   Composer,Lyricist
Bigram Zayas   Executive Producer
Ettore Grenci   Composer,Lyricist
Juan Mario "Mayito" Aracil   Engineer
Nadir Khayat   Composer,Lyricist
Monica Velez   Composer,Lyricist
Julio Reyes   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Björn Djupström   Composer,Lyricist
Achraf "AJ Junior" Jannusi   Composer,Lyricist
Luísito Berrios   Composer,Lyricist
Bilal Majji   Composer,Lyricist
Alex Papaconstanitinou   Composer,Lyricist

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