Stars

by Malena Pérez

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Malena Perez | Stars
Label: Cubanita Groove
4 out of 5 stars
By Norman Mayers, PrefixMag

Cuban-American songstress Malena Perez debuted on the scene a few years ago with two vinyl releases, and with Stars, her debut artist album, this Latina deftly combines elements of house, jazz, soul and electronica into a strikingly emotional journey. Stars is the epitome of lounge coolness, swimming through its tracks with velvety ease. Wrapped in gauzy beats and bilingual lyrics, Stars takes world music to new heights.

Sade, Amel Larrieux, Jill Scott, Tracey Thorn and Omara Portuondo are just some of the influences Malena Perez calls out with pride on "Cubanita Groove," a track pulsing with Afro-Cuban rhythms. Perez only uses these accomplished artists as a jumping off point, confidently expressing her own musical vision on Stars. From quiet ballads to slinky electronica, Perez draws influence from life itself to create her wide reaching sound. The high points rest in the house and electronic elements with tracks like "Free To Fly" and "Praise the Day" setting the tone with their use of Latin percussion and heavy bass. "Surrender" is a soothing number propelled by a simmering trip-hop groove while "What Do I Do" ventures into drum and bass territory with its stuttering drums and moody atmosphere.

Lyrically Perez illustrates her world music vibe by switching between English and Spanish throughout the album, sometimes within the same track. Her voice is the perfect complement to the understated beats: soft, exotic and enchanting.

In a world where cultures are blending like never before, Malena Perez's Stars is a sign of the times. Stars is truly a melting pot of musical and cultural influences that goes down just right.

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released 11 July 2006

Copyright 2006 Cubanita Groove Records

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Track Name: Oriente
ORIENTE

Cuéntame de Oriente, hombre
De donde naciste
De tu tierra, de tu luna
Que soy tu hermana

Cuéntame de tus pasos, mujer
De tu historia, de la isla
Como sufriste, de donde viniste
Mírame, cuéntame
Track Name: Free To Fly
FREE TO FLY

We are free
We are free to fly
We are free
We are free to fly

Dame la mano, angel
Vamos a valar
Dame la mano, angel
Vente a volar

You are free to fly away
You are free to fly
You are free to fly away
You are free to fly

We are free
We are free to fly
We are free
We are free to fly

Dame la mano, angel
Vamos a valar
Dame la mano, angel
Hay que respirar

Respira, respira
Vente a volar
Respira, respira
Hay que respirar

You are free to fly away
You are free to fly
You are free to fly away
You are free to fly

Why complain all the time
We are surrounded by infinite love
Why complain all the time
We have been given freedom
Track Name: Chase The Butterflies
CHASE THE BUTTERFLIES

What if I told you that you’re beautiful
Would you believe
What if I showed you that you are loved
Would you receive, would you receive me

Now you can let it go
Now you can let it go
It is not what you are
It is not what you are

Chase the butterflies
Chase the butterflies

What if I told you that I did not know
I didn’t know that you were hurt
That you fought for your life
That you cried at night, I didn’t know

Now you can let it go
Now you can let it go
It is not what you are
It is not what you are

Chase the butterflies
Chase the butterflies

What if I told you that you’re beautiful
Track Name: Surrender
SURRENDER

You reach for me, you call my name
But I don't answer
You wonder if I feel the same
How can I know?

When I look to the sky
I see you in the stars
When I reach my hands high
I feel you fallin' down on me

You've got me open
You've got me open

You reach for me, you touch my face
Now I surrender
To your kiss, to your love, to your smile
Now I surrender

And when I look to the sky
I see you in the stars
When I reach my hands high
I feel you fallin' down on me

You've got me open
You've got me open

Never knew it could feel so sweet like honey
So warm like sunshine

You've got me open
You've got me open
You've got me open
You've got me open

Now I surrender
Track Name: Tomorrow
TOMORROW

I said goodbye to you tonight
Oh, how I wanted to stay
But you know it’s not time
Not yet and not this way

I’m waiting for the moment
When I can hold you near
And move with you and say
Come closer

And tomorrow may come
We may find ourselves here
Until then
I hold you dear

You know it’s evident
Feels like a friend come home
And then maybe sometimes
More like a lover not yet known

How am I gonna show you
That I’m ready for this
Want to breathe one breath of life
Come closer

And tomorrow may come
We may find ourselves here
Until then
I hold you dear

I said goodbye to you tonight
You brushed the hair from my face
I look into your eyes
I want to say, come closer

I wonder how long we’ll go
Before tomorrow’s today
With each passing hour
I want to love you

Hold on till tomorrow
Hold on till tomorrow
Track Name: Praise The Day
PRAISE THE DAY

Been walkin' down this road, face to the sun
But no one to guide me, only the stars
There you were, open arms to find me
By the light of the moon

Now I keep movin' on
I keep seeking your truth
Now nothing can take me away from you

And I praise the day I let you into my heart
The skies were gray, now they open up to greet me
You'll be there, come what may
You kissed the wings of my soul with your love
And now I praise the day

We go on and on not thinkin' bout all the people
We're hurting or healing without a sound
Our history and our destiny are written in the sky
And so it goes with you and I

And I praise the day I let you into my heart
The skies were gray, now they open up to greet me
You'll be there, come what may
You kissed the wings of my soul with your love
And now I praise the day
Track Name: Confesión
CONFESIÓN

Antes de tí, solo podía ver un mar de lágrimas
Y nada más que eso
Entraste tú con un amor tan dulce que me cambió
Y desde entonces ha sido tú

Con cariño, te confieso que te quiero
Porque siempre serás tú
Levantemos cada día y cada amanecer
Porque siempre serás tú

Detrás de mí, ya puedo ver esa jornada de pena
Pero ya la dejo
Antes de mí, ya puedo ver una vida llena de amor
Y la luz de tu alma y sé que serás tú

Toma esta mi confesión
Mírame con compasión
Dame tu amor, tu pasión
Ya te doy mi confesión
Track Name: Stars
STARS

I am not alone, you are not alone, we are not alone

Why do you cry
You are a star
You shine so bright
Just as you are

Fall down to earth
And back again
Up to the sky
My star, my friend

And you will shine, shine
Sparkle and dance
Shine so bright
Your guiding light, shine
Track Name: What Do I Do
WHAT DO I DO

I cry sometimes
Though I try to see the sunshine
It's hard sometimes
When I'm missing you

I'm down sometimes
You used to pick me up
Now it's I, now it's I
Gotta lift my own head up high

And your spirit still flies through me
Takes my breath away
Your soul flying through me
What do I do with that?

I cry sometimes
I still think you're mine sometimes
When I'm alone
Tryin', tryin' to sleep

I'm gonna try to be
The woman you loved
But it's hard sometimes
Without you, can't go on without you

And your spirit still flies through me
Takes my breath away
Your soul flying through me
What do I do with that?

Fly, fly, fly through me
Fly, fly, fly through me
Track Name: Nshala
NSHALA

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Nshala, nshala
I will be with you
I will be with you
Track Name: Gracias A La Vida
GRACIAS A LA VIDA

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
Me dió dos luceros que cuando los abro
Perfecto distingo lo negro del blanco
Y en el alto cielo su fondo estrellado
Y en las multitudes, el hombre que yo amo

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
Me ha dado el sonido y el abecedario
Con él las palabras que pienso y declaro
Madre, amigo, hermano y luz alumbrando
La ruta del alma del que estoy amando

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
Me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados
Con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos
Playas y desiertos, moñtanas y llanos
Y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
Me dió el corazón que agita su marco
Cuando miro al fruto del cerebro humano
Cuando miro al bueno tan lejos del malo
Cuando miro al fondo de tus ojos claros

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
Me ha dado la risa y me ha dado el llanto
Así yo distingo dicha de quebranto
Los dos materiales que forman mi canto
Y el canto de ustedes que es el mismo canto
Y el canto de todos que es mi propio canto

Gracias a la vida
Gracias a la vida
Gracias a la vida
Gracias a la vida
Track Name: How Can I Keep From Singing?
HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING

My life goes on in endless song
Above earth's lamentation
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging
Since Love is Lord of Heaven and Earth
How can I keep from singing?

What though the mountains 'round me fall
I hear the truth, it liveth
What though the darkness 'round me close
Songs in the night it giveth

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging
Since Love is Lord of Heaven and Earth
How can I keep from singing?