- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Aug
When Salvador made their splash onto the Christian music scene back in 2000, many couldn't get enough of their explosive Latin sound. The band's momentum faltered in 2002 with the release of the disappointing
The Latin fiesta continues with the title track "Con Poder" ("With Power") and "La Palabra" ("The Word"), two energetic tracks with impressive salsa instrumentation. No, they don't perfect the tumbao (a syncopated bass/congas combo that serves as the rhythmic backbone for the groove in salsa music), but bassist Josh Gonzales, percussionist Eliot Torres, and drummer Robert Acuña still provide an adequate rhythm section to the Latin-infused tracks.
The worshipful "Siempre" ("Always") is played in traditional bolero form, a serene, slow-burning style that's predominantly used in mainstream Latin ballads. Instead of romantic lyrics, however, this song is a reverent declaration of what it means to live a life with Christ. Mostly geared toward old-school coritos aficionados (coritos are short praise and worship ditties sung in Spanish churches), "Un Día a La Vez" ("One Day at a Time") inches dangerously close to sounding like a Tex-Mex ranchera-styled number, though their choice to include the track is understandable considering Salvador's Mexican heritage.
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Despite the language barrier, these songs are tremendously accessible, and fans of Salvador will have no trouble embracing this new material. What will be interesting to see is how older, more conservative first-generation listeners will assimilate these songs, many of which they most likely grew up singing in traditional coritos style in their own congregations. I don't think Salvador's intent was to cause an uprising amongst purists of the style, but rather to pay their due respects to the music of their youth in a way that's contemporary and more reflective of their live sound. And in that respect, they did a good job. Buen trabajo, chicos.