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Abriendo Puertas is Gloria Estefan's sixth studio and second Spanish-language album that was released in September of 1995 by Epic Records.

Tracklisting[]

  1. Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) 3:52
  2. Tres Deseos (Three Wishes) 3:32
  3. Mas Allá (Beyond) 5:22
  4. Dulce Amor (Sweet Love) 3:44
  5. Farolito (Little Star) 4:40
  6. Nuevo Día (New Day) 3:36
  7. La Parranda (The Big Party) 4:20
  8. Milagro (Miracle) 3:38
  9. Lejos De Ti (Far From You) 3:50
  10. Felicidad (Happiness) 5:20

Chart Performance[]

"Abriendo Puertas" peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200, #2 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart and topped Billboard's Top Tropical/Salsa Albums chart. It was certified 6x platinum with sales of 600,000.

It also won "Best Tropical/Salsa Album" at the 1996 Grammy Awards, making it Gloria Estefan's second Grammy Award.

Critical Reception[]

Jose F. Promis of Allmusic wrote in his review of the album: "The songs are naturally positive, with well-meaning wishes for the New Year being a concurrent theme throughout the album. Estefan, as is always the case on her Spanish albums, sounds completely at ease with the material. The music on this album is traditional; therefore, there are no true American-style pop or club/dance songs, which is fine because the album should be taken and enjoyed for what it is -- a bright, multicultural Latin American semi-holiday album."

Entertainment Weekly gave the album a "B", writing that "Estefan’s new album may be a bit rich for the average gringo’s blood. But those who choose to accept the challenge implicit in the title (which translates as ”opening doors”) might find this spirited collection of salsa and other south-of-the-border styles as invigorating as it is esoteric."

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