Jose Manuelle - Restaurame

Published Wednesday 4th July 2007
Jose Manuelle - Restaurame

STYLE: World
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by George Luke

One great thing about living in London - and attending a church that has its services in the afternoon - is that I can spend Sunday mornings, if I so desire, discovering the many fellowships that have sprung up to cater for specific ethnic groups in the city. And so on many a Sunday morning, I have enjoyed worshipping at La Comunidad Cristiana de Londres (the Christian Community of London) - one of London's largest Hispanic churches. I mention that because this album sounds not unlike what the worship there sounds like. Jose Manuelle (who, I'm guessing, isn't related to the salsa legend Victor Manuelle) is a Latin Christian singer based in Springfield, Massachusetts (which, I'm guessing, isn't the Simpsons' home town). His album consists of mostly Hillsong-sounding numbers sung in Spanish - songs such as "No Estoy Solo" (I'm Not Alone) and "El Vive" (He Lives). One standout track is "Gloria Alleluya" - a nice salsa-lite worship song, with a couple of rappers tearing it up reggaeton-style in the middle. On the ballads, there's a sense of intimacy in Jose's voice which makes him sound like he was singing straight to God, rather than doing multiple takes into a studio mic.

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