Gloria Goes International

Latin-pop superstar gives American songbook international spin

Gloria Estefan: The SImagetandards

CD, $14.13 / Sony Masterworks

The Latin-pop crossover superstar covers tunes from the great American songbook, plus some international favorites, in this smooth, sexy, romantic spin around the musical globe. Singing in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and French, the former Miami Sound Machine lead singer respectfully reworks Dinah Washington’s “What a Difference a Day Makes,” Billie Holliday’s “Good Morning Heartache,” Fred Astaire’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and Frank Sinatra’s “Young At Heart,” duets with Italian pop star Laura Pausini on silent-movie pioneer Charlie Chaplin’s iconic theme song “Smile,” and dusts off an Argentinean tune to which she and her husband danced at their wedding 22 years ago.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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