When passion dies, what's left?
Maria Martir seems to skillfully combine both a Latin and Black American musical heritage in "Passion," which possesses the polyrhythms and percussion of a Salsa number (and the occasional addition of Spanish lyrics), with the powerful, soulful voice of blues legends like Odetta. The song looks back on a relationship, exploring the flaws of establishing a love based purely on lust, and the inevitability of it soon falling apart. "Why did you choose me if you could not stay? Can't you see how much you hurt me, that way." The symphonic swell of the backup synths add to the sweeping grandeur of this song, though in my opinion, she could go even further if she wanted to. My advice is: Maria, don't hold back. You've got the pipes and the instruments. Now, bloody go for it.