Alex Cuba (album)

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Alex Cuba
Studio album by Alex Cuba
Released October 27, 2009 (Canada)
June 8, 2010 (US)
Genre Latin pop
Length 43:33
Label Caracol Records
Alex Cuba chronology
Agua Del Pozo
(2007)
Alex Cuba
(2010)

Alex Cuba is the third studio album released by Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba. It was released in Canada in 2009,[1] and in the US in 2010. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2010, for Best Male Pop Vocal Album.[2] In 2011, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album.[3]

Reception[edit]

NPR wrote that the album, in contrast to his previous work, "finds Cuba sounding less moody than usual, and appropriately surrounded by funky and lighthearted music."[4] Billboard called the track "Solo Tu" a highlight, referring to it as a "pop anthem".[5] The Toronto Star wrote that he is "deftly mixing his Cuban son roots with good, old-fashioned 1970s pop and light rock."[3]

Track listing[edit]

This information adapted from Allmusic.[6]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Directo"   Cuba 3:48
2. "Caballo"   Cuba 3:31
3. "Ella"   Cuba 3:20
4. "If You Give Me Love"   Baker, Cuba 3:39
5. "Que Pasa Lola"   Cuba 2:56
6. "Gira"   Cuba 3:51
7. "En El Cielo"   Cuba 2:54
8. "Tierra Colora"   Cuba 2:29
9. "Solo Tu"   Cuba 3:36
10. "Hoy Para Siempre"   Cuba, Martinez 3:20
11. "Como Amigos"   Cuba 3:23
12. "Amar"   Cuba, Velasquez 3:40
13. "Contradicciones"   Cuba 3:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Alexander Abreu – flugelhorn, trumpet
  • Joby Baker – drums, engineer, mastering, mixing, producer, shaker, tambourine, backing vocals, wurlitzer
  • Joaquin Betancourt – horn arrangements
  • Alex Cuba – bass, cowbell, guitar, horn arrangements, primary artist, producer, shaker, vocals
  • Emilio Del Monte Jr. – congas
  • Emilio Del Monte – maracas
  • Jose Luis Hernandez – tenor sax
  • Andres Mendoza – management
  • Sarah Puentes – English translations
  • Amaury Perez Rodriguez – trombone
  • Vincent Toi – design
  • Jose-Raul Varonay – engineer
  • Christina Woerns – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ McKay, Stephanie (November 13, 2009). "Cuba follows his own muse", The StarPhoenix, p. C6.
  2. ^ Patch, Nick (November 12, 2010). "Cuban-Canadian Alex Cuba says Latin Grammy will open doors in the U.S.: Alex Cuba thrilled by Latin Grammy win", The Canadian Press.
  3. ^ a b Terauds, John (February 12, 2011). "In Grammy fields beyond pop, Team Canada still in the hunt: Canadian contingent has hopes for hardware in Latin, classical", Toronto Star, p. E10.
  4. ^ Garsd, Jasmine (May 30, 2010). "First Listen: Alex Cuba, 'Alex Cuba'", NPR. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  5. ^ Aguila, Justino (October 9, 2010). "Best New Artists", Billboard 122 (40): 53.
  6. ^ "Alex Cuba – Alex Cuba". Allmusic. Retrieved August 16, 2011.