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SALSAPOWER.COM REVIEW: You wanted to end the year dancing? Look no further,Timbalive will wear out your dancing shoes and then some.The hilarious "Dame un tin" kicks off with the complaint "In Miami nobody wants to dance" with the trombones coming at you full speed like a New York subway train.The nice tribute to Juan Formell "Chirrin Chirran" shows the importance of this man's musical legacy across the globe.Norberto Rodríguez's electric guitar adds a different flavor to this track. Special guests Mayito Rivera, Pedrito Calvo, Issac Delgado, Manolin el Médico de la Salsa and others appear on the sizzling title track. And while you would think a song armed with so many superstars would outshine any other tune on the CD, that honor goes to core member vocalist and songwriter Boris Monterecy. His "Ave María qué calor" with a combination of Rumba, Timba and guapería makes it one of the best dance tracks of 2009. While we have to look at other alternative ways of finding good music (internet, underground clubs, word of mouth, etc.), Timbalive makes that search more than worth it. This is a must!


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After giving the full CD a fair second hearing, most of it is not just legit Timba, it's the real deal.  This band began doing Los Van Van covers before it developed its original material, some of its members have performed with Los Van Van and vice versa, and of the bands playing Timba in the United States,  this is probably the one that cranks out dance tunes in the style closest to what bands like Los Van Van and Dan Den have been doing on the island.    All of the tracks on this CD are original material. The tracks don't clearly divide between Reggaeton vs. Timba, rather they transition in and out within many of the songs, and  the transitions are smooth enough to keep the dancers moving.   Our personal favorite track in the recording is a smoking conga,  Sopia Mi Trombon .  Mayito Rivera turns in a cameo appearance on one of the tracks, Vive La Vida.   Another favorite of ours was Se Quema Timbalive , which starts with a little soul mixed in and then settles into straight Timba. La Timba pa' to' el mundo is very much a wall to wall dance album, so we aren't going to do an in-depth analysis of its tracks.  Like many bands on the island, the trombones are in charge in the metales, and the voicings are great both for the bones and the vocalists (most of the time, they do actually sing.)    It sticks to its agenda without any sidetracking into other things.  But it hits on the right cylinders so well that even this hard-liner has to forgive the amount of Reggaeton content simply because the Timba content is so good.     In fact, if you don't share this writer's feelings about Reggaeton, this CD should be considered a must-have for dancers, and even if you do share his views, it is still  definitely a should-have. And as always, we salute every US-based band that has the courage to play this music and do it well in today's market.  So hats off to you, Timbalive, for helping to spread the musical message.


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The 3rd time's a charm for Timbalive, as they deliver a hard hitting Timba CD straight from the USA. One of the main objectives of Timba is to make you dance."No cabe duda", "Tu eres candela", "Conmigo no" and "Lo que se da no se quita" are a perfect example of that. All original tunes, with a dash of reggaeton, heavy bass, percussions on the forefront, a vocalist with excellent tones, one or two lines in English and plenty of groove. This is a party CD! But as you are getting comfortable jamming to the hard hitting Timba, right in the middle of the CD, we get ."Ese atrevimiento", a rumba that has power, speed, lyrics about disrespect and of course guapería. Modern rumba does not get better than this. While you can hear their Van Van and Dan Den influence, they are able to swing without being copycats. What's more impressive, is that they are from el Yuma. ¡Ñó!

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