I wanted to take some time to cover something “out of the ordinary” for ChristCore.net in the form of an album review. I’m technically a Mexican-American, having been born in the United States, but I also have family members who were born in Mexico. With that being said, it isn’t often that I find myself enjoying music from that culture, so this is a great opportunity to review this album from Jesús Adrián Romero.
Now, I do not speak fluent Spanish, but from what I do know (and from talking to family members about certain translations for his lyrics) Romero’s lyrics are passionate and true to the heart of God. His lyrics really accent the instruments in a detailed way, bringing a whole other level of emotion to the music. I must say, knowing Spanish is what makes this album such a great listen. There is something poetic about the words when you understand them in Spanish, but translating them into English kind of takes the poetry out of the lyrics.
Todos mis anhelos tienen tu color
Tienen el latido de tu corazón
Yo no quiero nada sin tu dirección
Todos mis anhelos son de ti Señor
Tienen tu cadencia tienen tu pasión
No me importa nada solo tu Favor
All of my desires have Your color
They have the beat of Your heart
I don’t want anything without Your direction
All of my desires are from You, God
They have your cadence, they have Your passion
Nothing in important to me, only Your favor
The lyrics carry the weight of a convicted soul, but also the comfort of finding God in the midst of our situation.
Si buscaras otra vez mi compañía
Tu amistad sería mi pan…
De cada día.
Si llegaras otra vez hasta mi puerta
No te tendrías que aguardar
If You were looking, again, for my company
Your friendship would be my bread…
Of every day.
If You arrived, again, at my door
You wouldn’t have to wait
For an answer.
Though, it isn’t just the lyrics that convey Romero’s heart all the time. The music is often intricate, and beautiful. Romero is often accompanied by a full-blown band consisting of not only the basic members (guitar, drums, bass, etc.), but also an orchestra (percussion, string instruments, etc.). The various members of his team leave no room for error, and perform flawlessly, even during their live performances. Each individual piece is perfectly meshed into the other pieces, making for a wonderfully woven piece of music.
Still, my favorite aspect of Romero’s music has to be his heartfelt lyrics. They speak to me on a personal level, and I often find myself singing them throughout my day. If you’re a Spanish speaker, or just a believer looking for some contemporary worship, check out this album. You can also watch Romero perform this album in its entirety on YouTube; watch it below!