“ Genre: World Music - Cuban & Latin / Artist: Various Artists / Released 2005-02-21 by Sony „
I inherited this great laptop that I'm using at the moment from a friend of mine, he's always been keen to load up my computer with his music so the fact all he had to do was leave it on here certainly seemed to please him, usually it involves me deleting the lot of it, I've been too busy to do it until this holiday though and was surprised that not everything needed to go.
This album "Bar Lounge Classics - Cuba" is an awesome compilation and not the usual rubbish chill out stuff you'd expect the compilation to contain.
Cuban music is both relaxing and upbeat and I've always been a fan but have little knowledge of it other than Buena Vista Social Club and Ska Cubano, this album makes a superb introduction to lots of artists, noticeable is that every singer on the album can belt it out in tune and with feeling, the music varies from typical rumba and samba sounds through to more poppy cabaret dance sounds.
There's a real mixed bag and I wouldn't necessarily class it as "lounge" music because it's got a hell of a lot of rythm and is more likely to make you to get up and dance (particularly if you've had a few or are required to do a tedious chore like cleaning the house)
The typical format seems to be a strong singer with a backing band of singers, a real tropical sound emanating from a range of instruments including everything from flutes to guitars including banjo/charango like contrapments via piano and a range of funky drums and brass instruments.