Gran City Pop

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Paulina Rubio's giddy, silly personality bubbles forth all over this album; she sounds like she's having a blast on every song, even the ones that are about the pitfalls of love. She's a pure pop artist, throwing anything and everything at the wall with no goal beyond a hooky melody, and Gran City Pop has plenty of them. Arrangements run the gamut from the acoustic guitar and organ of "Amanec? Sin Ti" to the big sampled Gary Glitter beat of first single "Causa y Efecto," the New Order-style pulsing bassline of "Ens??ame," and the Lady GaGa-esque electro-disco of "Algo de Ti," with sampled strings rubbing against hard synth lines. Perhaps the most surprising track on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Paulina Rubio's giddy, silly personality bubbles forth all over this album; she sounds like she's having a blast on every song, even the ones that are about the pitfalls of love. She's a pure pop artist, throwing anything and everything at the wall with no goal beyond a hooky melody, and Gran City Pop has plenty of them. Arrangements run the gamut from the acoustic guitar and organ of "Amanecí Sin Ti" to the big sampled Gary Glitter beat of first single "Causa y Efecto," the New Order-style pulsing bassline of "Enséñame," and the Lady GaGa-esque electro-disco of "Algo de Ti," with sampled strings rubbing against hard synth lines. Perhaps the most surprising track on the disc, though, and one of its definite high points, is the hip-hop
anchero fusion "Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes," which sounds like it could have been produced by Camilo Lara of Mexican Institute of Sound. Over a thunderous boom-bap beat, Rubio half-raps, half-sings about how flowers and toys won't earn her love; it's exactly the kind of culture-blending, boundary-dissolving sound that encapsulates modern Latin pop, and it's brilliant. Almost miraculously, this album's style-hopping, from electro to pop
ock (sometimes sounding like Electronic, as on "A Contraluz") to indefinable blends of whatever works, never becomes tiresome. That's a tribute not only to Rubio's producers, but to her own force of personality. She's one of the most vibrant performers in Latin pop, and based on this album, she's not going anywhere anytime soon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Universal Latino
  • UPC: 602527048659
  • Catalog Number: 001307502
  • Sales rank: 115,803

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paulina Rubio Primary Artist, Vocals, Coros
Derek Cintron Drums
Lee Levin Percussion, Drums, Bateria, Pandereta
Lester Mendez Percussion, Piano, Harp, Keyboards, Vocoder, Pandereta, Arpa
Wendy Pedersen Coros
Lyle Workman Guitar
Cachorro López Synthesizer, Bajo Sexto, Musical Direction
Sebastián Schon Guitar, Keyboards, Bajo Sexto
James Freebarin-Smith Cello
Fernando Perdomo Guitar, Piano, Bajo Sexto
Demian Nava Keyboards
Dany Avila Drums, Bateria
Florencia Ciarlo Coros
Juan Blas Caballero Keyboards
Fernando Montesinos Guitar, Bajo Sexto
Cristina Cellini Estilista
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Violin, Cello
Martin Garcia Reinoso Guitar
Laura Rubio Vocals
Jorge Balbi Drums
John Fuzessy Vocals
Flor Cario Vocals
Sonus Quartet Strings
Wendy Pederson Vocals
Tony "Smurphio" Laurencio Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Paulina Rubio Composer, Executive Producer
Claudia Brant Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Lester Mendez Arranger, Programming, Producer, Audio Production, Engineering
Cesar Sogbe Vocal Recording
Joel Numa Engineering
Gian Marco Composer
Cachorro López Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Estéfano Composer
Sebastián Schon Programming, Engineering
David Alvarado Management
Marya Meyer Management
David Cabrera Composer
Fernando Osorio Composer
Pedro Alfonso Direcccion de Cuerdas
Mario Domm Composer
Noel Schajris Composer
Rafael Vergara Composer
Demian Nava Programming, Engineering
Mauricio Gasca Composer
Juan Blas Caballero Engineering
Fernando Montesinos Programming, Producer, Audio Production, Engineering
Ruben Villanueva Arranger
Monica Velez Composer
I. Padron Composer
Fernando Jose Montesinos Guerrero Composer
Andres Federico Levin Wulff Composer
Chris Rodriguez Arranger, Programming, Audio Production
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