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Lo Que Te Cont Mientras Te Hacas la Dormida [037627045121]

  • 1. Puedes Contar Conmigo
    2. 20 de Enero
    3. Rosas
    4. Deseos de Cosas Imposibles
    5. Geografia
    6. Un Mundo Mejor
    7. Tu y Yo
    8. La Esperanza Debida
    9. Vestido Azul
    10. Adios
    11. Perdoname
    12. La Paz de Tus Ojos
    13. Nadie Como Tu
    14. Historia de un Sueno
    15. Bonustrack
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 70451

  • Credits

    La Oreja De Van Gogh: Amaia (vocals); Pablo Benegas (guitar); Xabi San Martin (keyboards); Alvaro Fuentes (bass); Haritz Garde (drums).
    Producers: Nigel Walker, La Oreja De Van Gogh.
    LO QUE TE CONTE MIENTRAS TE HACIAS LA DORMIDA was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album.
    Although at first listen La Oreja de Van Gogh's third release might sound like a slick rehashing of the same pop formula that had brought the group consistent commercial success, Lo Que Te Cont Mientras Te Hacas la Dormida (What I Told You While You Pretended to Be Asleep) merits closer attention. Beyond some similarities to their earlier work -- nostalgic lyrics, ridiculously catchy choruses, and lead singer Amaia Montero's seemingly fragile delivery -- this album displays far greater emotional and musical range than do their earlier efforts. Montero and keyboard player Xabi San Martn continue to write most of the music, and guitar player Pablo Benegas most of the lyrics, but there are some notable exceptions, like album opener and first single "Puedes Contar Conmigo" (You Can Count on Me), written entirely by Montero. Here she abandons any former posturing as a helpless little girl and sings not about a fairy tale, but about love that's flawed and recognizable; when the final chorus slows, the spare outline of Montero's voice shapes a real and exquisite moment of heartbreak. In "T y Yo," a collaboration among all three musicians, the lyrics are simpler than elsewhere, but with their wry and modern self-awareness, they are also cleverer. San Martn takes full credit for "Geografa," a song without parallels in their repertoire, harnessing the rollicking gait of Andean pipe tunes and inventing ingenious borders for a nation made up of just two lovers. And throughout the album, there are successful musical experiments, like a bossa nova groove at the beginning of "Perdname," a harder edged vocal line paired with a driving beat on "La Paz de Tus Ojos," or the nonsense syllables of the unnamed and completely electronic final track that frees Montero's mature and often remarkable voice to sound like another keyboard. Lo Que Te Cont Mientras Te Hacas la Dormida is La Oreja de Van Gogh's most accomplished album, and would be an excellent choice for an audience willing to lay the seductions of caliente aside in favor of a distinctly European and new wave-inflected cool. ~ Jenny Gage

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