Esteban Alvarez single “Has Amado Una Mujer de Veras”


Some music require a lot of thought to listen to and really get a grasp of. This isn’t always a bad thing, but it’s definitely not something that most of us like to doall of the time. Sometimes we need music to put our minds at ease rather than put them to the test of endurance and intellect. Esteban Alvarez is making quite a name for himself creating soundscapes and symphonic ballads heavily influenced by Latin jazz that are both relaxing for our nerves and stimulating for our minds, and his new single “Has Amado Una Mujer de Veras” could be his very finest hour. In a stunningly gorgeous interpretation of Bryan Adams’ “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” Alvarez gently weaves a golden robe around our naked soul to keep us warm and remind us of what it feels like to embrace someone with an open heart. To be truthful I never much cared for the original song by Bryan Adams, but Alvarez simply captured my heart with this one and hasn’t let it go since.

“Has Amado Una Mujer de Veras” is as smooth a track as it gets in Latin pop, but don’t be fooled by its simplicity. You don’t have to think very hard about its melodies, but within them are a series of intricately wound gears working together to churn out layers of rhythm, harmony and emotional notation. You can literally feel the pain of being alone in the percussion, the yearning of knowing what you want but not how to get it in the bass, and the sudden interlocked stare of two lovers who instantly realize that they have found each other in the timber of the piano. If I were inclined, I could spend a lot of time studying every piece of this song individually, breaking down the instrumentation and the bend of the strings and comparing it with the lyrics and music as it was performed for Don Juan DeMarco, but I can also just lay back and let the melody take me somewhere south of the border.

Let it be said, if Esteban Alvarez is anything, he is unpredictable. Despite what some of our current popstars often seem to both spout and (sometimes) actually believe, being a little unpredictable can be a good thing in this business, and being significantly unpredictable is usually a sign of greatness when its coupled with an artistic identity that has some stability. Alvarez isn’t an erratic character, but it’s pretty hard to guess what he could have in store for us next. All of his work has been presented to us with such a furious pace, and none of it replicating itself or any other sound in the western spectrum. I don’t think that he wants to assault us with all of his aesthetical abilities all at once, but more that he just can’t stop creating. Lucky for him though, it looks like critics and fans don’t want him to slow down any time soon.


Sebastian Cole