by SalvadorSalvador


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As one of the hardest-working bands in Christian music, Salvador deserve a break. Since their 2000 debut, the Latin pop
ock powerhouse has been toiling tirelessly across the country, playing hundreds of dates a year and wowing audiences and critics alike with its unique mix of worshipful lyrics and a sonic melting pot that would make modern-day Santana proud. Despite the recognition and a couple of radio hits, a breakthrough album still eludes them. Aware, Salvador's sixth attempt at one, sees the Latin brothers scaling things back a bit -- it's easily their most low-key effort yet. It's a more demure approach, perhaps reflective of frontman Nic Gonzales' new lot in life -- his marriage to Christian pop singer Jaci Velasquez and her pregnancy with the couple's first child while the album was being recorded. With his bachelorhood behind him, it's almost as if Gonzales now sounds older and wiser, but don't mistake this for an energy slump or musical complacency: Aware is still rife with deft musicianship and rhythmic urgency -- Salvador remain faith-based music's version of Los Lobos and Los Super Seven by way of Gipsy Kings and one-off world music beasts Burlap to Cashmere. The only thing they do different here is entertain their adult contemporary side more pronouncedly, as evidenced in the poignant title track or the almost ethereal "You Rescue Me." When not balladeering or offering straightforward pop anthems, Salvador stick to what they do best, namely, explosive, edge-of-your-seat aural fiestas, but the life of the party isn't only the horns, the searing guitar solos, or the percussive breakdowns, but the songwriting as well, which happens to be some of the group's most thoughtful thus far. It all amounts to another strong effort from these mainstays of the Christian touring circuit -- more toned-down, yes, but coming from a band that doesn't really know how to make a bad album, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2008
Label: Word Entertainment
UPC: 0080688737627
catalogNumber: 887376
Rank: 204632

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Salvador   Primary Artist
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Otto Price   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Jaci Velasquez   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chris Bevins   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Group Member
Nic Gonzales   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Josh Gonzales   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Craig Swift   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Leif Shires   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Group Member

Technical Credits

Rick Cua   Composer
Mike Payne   Composer
Chris Carmichael   String Arrangements
Otto Price   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Jaci Velasquez   Composer
Lori Chaffer   Composer
Douglas Kaine McKelvey   Composer
Don Chaffer   Composer
Chris Bevins   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Nic Gonzales   Composer,Producer
Jeff Pardo   Composer
Alex Cuba   Composer
Sam Mizell   Composer

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