Captive Heart (song)

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"Captive Heart"
A cover album of a vertical cropped picture of a woman (Selena) who is posing with one of her hands on her opposite shoulder and her other hand holding her waist. The letter "S" is displayed with the "Captive Heart" written at the near bottom. A photo locket is right beneath the picture.
Promotional single by Selena
from the album Dreaming of You
Released January 12, 1996 (1996-01-12)
Format CD single, 12" single, Cassette
Recorded January 1995
Bananaboat Studios
(Burbank, California)
Genre Electropop
Length 4:23
Label EMI Records
Songwriter(s) Mark Goldenberg, Kit Hain
Producer(s) Guy Roche
Dreaming of You track listing
"I Could Fall in Love"
"Captive Heart"
"I'm Getting Used to You"

"Captive Heart" is a song by American Tejano pop singer Selena. It was the second promotional single released from Dreaming of You (1995), behind "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)". It was written by Mark Goldenberg and Kit Hain, and was produced by Guy Roche. Recording sessions took place at Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr.'s recording studio Q-Productions and at several other locations. The song was given mixed reviews by music critics. "Captive Heart" is an electropop song performed in a rhythmical pop groove.

Production and composition[edit]

"Captive Heart" was recorded at Bananaboat Studios in Burbank, California in January 1995, Q-Productions in Corpus Christi, Texas and at Conway Studios in North Hollywood. It was written by Mark Goldenberg and Kit Hain, and was produced by Guy Roche. It was mixed by Nathaniel "Mick" Guzuaski, engineered by Mario Lucy, Brian "Red" Moore and Mona Suchard who also was credited at the assistant engineer. American singer Donna De Lory was the backing vocalist for "Captive Heart". Recording sessions had taken nearly less than a week to complete the song.[1]

"Captive Heart" is an electropop song performed in a rhythmical R&B pop groove. It draws influences from synthpop, fast rock, dance-pop and electronic dance music.[2][3] According to the sheet music published at by EMI Music Publishing, the song is composed in the key of D major with a time signature in common time, and with a moderate groove of 91 beats per minute.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Vibe editor Ed Morales compared both Evelyn "Champagne" King and "Wherever You Are" (duet with the Barrio Boyzz) with the song "Captive Heart".[5] While, according to the Chicago Tribune, "Captive Heart" was destined for urban-contemporary radio.[3] Leonard Charles of Miami Today, commented on "Captive Heart"'s lack of impact on the Hot 100, stating that the song would have been stronger if EMI Records had promoted the single extensively.[6] Charles also commented that he believes that the record company didn't put in much effort on the song but believed that EMI had only put in effort on singles "Dreaming of You" and "I Could Fall in Love".[6] Benson Ramos of The Gaston Gazette believed "Captive Heart" wasn't "crossover potential".[7] Steven Washington of Aurora Sentinel praised the song's "electronic feels" and "Latin flavors" that it brings to the song.[8] Sabrina Moore of Corsicana Daily Sun, disliked the song because it felt "unoriginal" but commented that Selena could have done better in another Latin flavored ballad.[9]

The Daily Vault believed Selena made a mistake with "Captive Heart", stating that "the song was a surprising and painful flaw, because it showcases a mistake of exerting too much throat, which many popular singers currently do". The Daily Vault instated that it was a one-way ticket to voice destruction.[10] Mario Tarradell of The Dallas Morning News stated while reviewing "I'm Getting Used To You" that the songs "are a bit more uptempo, bordering on that New Jill Swing sound popularized by Mary J. Blige and Jade".[11]

Track listing[edit]

  • U.S. Promo Single (1995)[1]
  1. "Captive Heart"  – 4:23-4;18
  • U.S. Cassette Single (1995)[12]
  1. "Captive Heart"  – 4:23

Credits and personnel[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c EMI Telvisia (1994) Selena – Captive Heart – Single – (Liner Notes) EMI Records
  2. ^ Craig Rosen (1996). "The Billboard book of number one albums: the inside story behind pop music's blockbuster records". Billboard Books. Prometheus Global Media. 1 (1): 434. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Obejas, Achy (August 3, 1995). "Might Have Been". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ Goldenberg, Mark; Hain, Kit (1995). "Dreaming of You: Selena Digital Sheet Music". EMI Music Publishing. MN092893 (Product Number). Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Ed Morales (1995). "Selena Dreaming of You – EMI". Vibe. InterMedia Partners. 03 (07): 200. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Charles, Leonard (March 22, 1999). "Still Impacting Music Today". Miami Today. 
  7. ^ Ramos, Benson (April 19, 1996). "Crossing-Over". The Gaston Gazette. 
  8. ^ Washington, Steven (November 11, 2000). "Latin Music in Contemporary America". Aurora Sentinel. 
  9. ^ Moore, Sabrina (July 13, 1997). "Hot Club Songs". Corsicana Daily Sun. 
  10. ^ JB (June 17, 1997). "Dreaming of You Selena". Daily Vault. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ Tarradell, Mario (July 28, 1995). "New album hints at what might have been Selena". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ EMI Telvisia (1995) Selena – Captive Heart – Cassette Single – (Liner Notes) EMI Records