El Tren de los Momentos [CD/DVD]

El Tren de los Momentos [CD/DVD]

by Alejandro Sanz
     
 

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Released in the wake of Alejandro Sanz's collaboration with Shakira, "La Tortura," which was far and away the most popular Latin song of 2005, El Tren de los Momentos is a continuation of the broad stylistic excursions of the Spanish superstar's previous album, the Grammy-winning No Es Lo Mismo.

Overview

Released in the wake of Alejandro Sanz's collaboration with Shakira, "La Tortura," which was far and away the most popular Latin song of 2005, El Tren de los Momentos is a continuation of the broad stylistic excursions of the Spanish superstar's previous album, the Grammy-winning No Es Lo Mismo. Sanz seems increasingly comfortable with moving beyond his comfort zone -- that is, fairly generic romantic ballads laden with complex language sung distinctly -- and here he refines the rough edges of No Es Lo Mismo for an album that is smooth while at the same time risky in its refusal to reprise the sturdy balladeering of his past. Notably, the album is graced with several superstar features, including collaborations with Shakira, Juanes, Alex Gonzalez of Maná, and Residente of Calle 13. These features are some of the album's several highlights, "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" and "La Peleíta" above all. The lead single, "A la Primera Persona," is another clear-cut standout. On the surface, it's an odd song, from its immediate opening tension to its concluding avalanche of breathlessness, yet its unconventional structure is a chief aspect of why it's such a memorable and moving song. In fact, if not for the brief trumpet solo two-thirds of the way through, Sanz rambles on almost violently through the song uninterrupted, not even stopping to catch his breath. There are numerous stylistic exercises here, namely "El Tren de los Momentos" (funk), "Se Molestan" (rock), "Donde Convergemos" (jazz), and "Te Quiero y Te Temo" (country), which are curious, though not necessarily impressive songs. Better is "En la Planta de Tus Pies," a beats-and-piano (trip-hop?) ballad reminiscent of Sanz's traditional material, of which there is painfully little on El Tren de los Momentos. Longtime fans, particularly those fond of his romantic songs, are sure to be frustrated, if not infuriated, by Sanz's apparent refusal to sing the kind of love songs that were long his stock-in-trade. However, those who are open to new sounds from Sanz will have little to complain about, for El Tren de los Momentos is perhaps his most willfully diverse album yet, and it's one on which it sounds like he's genuinely entertaining himself -- again, not unlike No Es Lo Mismo. [A CD/DVD edition was released in 2007 as well.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Warner Music Latina
UPC:
0825646988792
catalogNumber:
233660

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Performance Credits

Alejandro Sanz   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Didjeridu,Loops,spanish guitar,Coros
Antonio Carmona   Cajon
Michael Ciro   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lee Levin   Bateria
Luis Dulzaides   Percussion
Tata Güines   Conga
Shakira   Vocals
Coco   Percussion
Dan Warner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Fernando Favier   Percussion
Roberto Perez   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Hamadi Bayard   EWI
Jorge Dobal   Trombone
Lulo Perez   Percussion,Piano,Trumpet,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Timbales,Loops,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Coros
Juanes   Guitar
Ariel Bringuez   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Nomar Negroni   Bateria
René Pérez   Vocals
Armando Gola   Bajo Sexto
Jesus Cruz   spanish guitar
Vega   Claves
Tres Cubano   spanish guitar
Luis E. Veltran   Saxello

Technical Credits

Alejandro Sanz   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Engineering
Fernando Favier   Contributor
Roberto Perez   Arranger
Gustavo Celis   Engineering
Rafa Sardina   Engineering
Lulo Perez   Arranger,Producer,Engineering
Pepo Scherman   Engineering
Jaume DeLaiguana   Art Direction,Graphic Conception

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