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The Best Non-Classical CD I Own
Dominic | New York, NY | 09/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I'm not really sure what is up with the other reviews--this guy and his music are all great. Just trust me on that one.For those who don't know, this is the album from the concert he did for MTV's Unplugged. I've seen it on video, and bought the CD a few months ago. It's basically a collection of some of his best songs from his previous albums from the last few years, with a twist on them to make them sound more, well, unplugged; i.e., no synthesizers, minimal guitar amplification, et cetera. I had never heard any of these songs before, and when I listened to it for the first time, I automatically fell in love with about four songs. Over the last few months that I've owned this CD, I've gotten used to, and eventually become enamored with the rest. The order of the songs is not how the concert went, but is strategically placed for the listener. I'll do my best to provide a brief synopsis and rough transation of each title."Cuando Nadie Me Ve," or "When No One Sees Me" is a slow, great ballad with a lot of piano, and a large focus on Alejandro and his voice. "Y Solo se Me Ocurre Amarte" or "And All I Can Do is Love You," is one of his most popular songs that came out within the last few years, a little faster than the opening ballad, but with a great beat, fantastic lyrics, great bridge and closing. "Amiga Mia" or "Friend of Mine" is about a girl who he likes who is (assumedly) involved with another guy who doesn't treat her as well as her friend thinks she should be treated. Great song, good message. "Se le Apago la Luz" "The Light was Turned Off" is one of my favorites, with a great melody, powerful lyrics--definitely one to play if you're looking to cry. "Quisiera Ser" or "I'd Love to Be," is an upbeat song about (a common theme) a guy and a girl and them being in love, great romantic stuff. "Aprendiz" or "I Learned" is a song about break up and revenge. It's got a neat melody, great beat---I used to salsa with my girlfriend to it---and fun bridge. "Quiero Morir en Tu Veneno" or "I Want to Die in Your Poision" (don't worry, it's a happy song) is my second favorite on the album. It has a fantastic intro with a sort of African beat to it (much different than the original version) great modulation on the key change during the bridge, and unforgettable lyrics. "Como Te Echo de Menos" or "How We've Come Along" is another great song about love. "Corazon Partio" or "Broken Heart" is probably his most popular song from recent memory---great beat, great lyrics, popular with the ladies--all come together for one of the most fun songs on the CD. "Siempre es de Noche" or "It's Always Night" is my favorite song on the CD--a great story-type song about him and a woman he knows who has a secret relationship with him, fun to listen to. "Toca para Mi" or "Play for Me" is another popular, slow ballad--great lyrics, another tear jerker. "Todo Lo Que Fui es Todo Lo Que Soy," or "All I Was is All I Am," is a neat little jazz-ish song---brings a smile to your face, and you can tell it's one of his favorites with the little remarks he makes in the background. He was scheduled to perform this concert on September the 14th, 2001, or something like that, but because of the events of the time, it was postponed---the rescheduled concert had a new song, "Todo es de Color." It's a solo for him and his flamenco guitarist, who is fantastic by the way on this song. It talks about the world, God, why things happen, and is incredibly interesting to listen to---a really gypsy sound.That raps it up. Like I said, a fantastic compilation, well done vocals, well written lyrics, fun to listen to, good music. Buy it, I guarantee you won't be dissapointed."
Perfecto despliegue de música y poesía
WFG | AZ United States | 06/27/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Alejandro Sanz es uno de los mejores canta-autores latinos de estos tiempos. En sus canciones, podemos apreciar una impresionante unión entre poesía e intrumentación. MTV Unplugged recolecta trece de las canciones más importantes en la carrera de Alejandro, incluyendo dos nunca antes grabadas (pero que son parte del album El Alma al Aire), ejecutadas por un selecto grupo de músicos bajo la producción de Humberto Gatica. Luego de haber estado escuchando el CD MTV Unplugged por varios meses casi no podía esperar a ver el concierto en DVD. El DVD presenta a un Alejandro casual, interactuando con el público y sus músicos tal y cual fuera solo un ensayo. Por problemas de edición, los sonidos y el video aparentan estar fuera de sincronización durante las primeras dos o tres canciones del concierto. Luego de eso el problema parece ser menos aparente. También, aunque parecidas, la interpretación de Alejandro en el DVD no es exacta a la que fue capturada en el CD (aparentemente el CD y el DVD fueron grabados durante funciones diferentes).En resumen es un tremendo despliegue de talento musical."
Alejandro Sanz Mtv Unplugged
Maria T. Mercado | ARIZONA | 11/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lo unico que puedo comentar es que como siempre este gran artista, poeta, y hombre con gran talento lo a echo de nuevo. Uno de los mejores albunes y vale la pena obternerlo..."
A Superb Live Album
Kimberly Bennett | Toronto, ON Canada | 09/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I became an Alejandro Sanz fan earlier this year after hearing him sing with Destiny's Child on the Grammy Awards broadcast in February and I have been hooked ever since. This album is totally beautiful- musically as well as lyrically (eventhough my understanding of Spanish is limited). The most moving track on this album however is "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte" (And the Only Thing I Could Do Was Love You)- a tribute to his newborn daughter. Sanz is someone I wish the English-speaking world was more familiar with. He has so much to offer with his music. I am almost upset that I hadn't heard of him before. I recommend this album to anyone starting out in the "Sanz Experience". I look forward to more of his albums in the future."
Anne Bradley | Cleveland, OH | 10/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 1st time I saw Alejandro Sanz was when he performed with Destiny's Child on an awards show. I was blown away by his music and charm. The next day, I bought this album. Although I can't understand a word of spanish, the melodies and instrumentation are exceptional. Alejandro's voice is sensual and full of emotion. He is an excellent singer/songwriter. I purchased a later album, and once again, I was not disappointed. He only improves with age."