2. Take Me
3. If You Go
4. Good Feelings
5. Where Do I Go From You
6. Fat Chance
7. Mental Picture
9. La, La, La
10. Don't Be Silly
11. Eyes Of A Fool
12. Si Te Vas :: If You Go
13. Tuyo :: Take Me
Contributing artists: Arturo Sandoval, Betty Wright, Donna Allen
Producer: Emilio Estefan, Jon Secada
Distributor: EMI Music Distribution
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a
Personnel: Jon Secada (vocals); Scott Shapiro (guitar, keyboards, programming); Rene Toledo, Andy Goldman, John DeFaria, Juanito Marquez (guitar); Ed Calle (saxophone); Randall Barlow (trumpet, programming); Arturo Sandoval (trumpet); Dana Teboe, Teddy Mulet (trombone); Clay Ostwald (keyboards); Lawrence P. Dermer (Hammond B-3 organ, vibraphone, programming, background vocals); Angelo Morris, Jorge Casas (bass); Tom McWilliams (drums, programming); Nathaniel Seidman (percussion, programming); Rafael Padilla, Edwin Bonilla, Freddy Pinero Jr. (percussion); Miguel A. Morejon (programming); Beth L. Cohen, Willie Perez-Feria, Betty Wright, Miriam Mandelkern, LaGaylia Frazier, Donna Allen (background vocals).
From the visceral surprise of the opening beats on "Whipped," with their pronounced hip-hop inflection, it's clear that vocalist Jon Secada is approaching his role as a classic R&B crooner from a slightly different angle. Gifted with a rich voice and tremendous emotional range, HEART, SOUL & A VOICE resonates like a sweet voice from the past, the opening fusillade in a return to dulcet soul music stylings.
Secada's Afro-Cuban roots set him apart from much of the R&B crowd, and the arrangements he favors give his lilting vocals a powerful rhythmic push. Strings and lush vocal choruses vie for center stage with a taut go-go beat on his beguiling power ballad "If You Go." Yet on "Good Feeling" he goes the other way and evokes the suave Marvin Gaye of "Sexual Healing," and a pleading lover in the Eddie Kendricks tradition on "Where Do I Go From You" with his keening falsetto cries.
HEART, SOUL & A VOICE is sexy, adult pop, with tasteful colorations and taut, focused dance grooves. Secada is a romantic shooting star for the '90s.
...HEART, SOUL & A VOICE sounds like Secada's earnest attempt to reposition himself as a state-of-the-art rhythm & blues singer, to invoke older musical styles that have meant a lot to him, and to add something original to them... - Rating: B+
Entertainment Weekly (05/27/1994)
CD in very good condition.