MTV Unplugged

MTV Unplugged

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by Julieta Venegas
     
 

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At the height of her decade-long rise to fame, Julieta Venegas released her first live album, MTV Unplugged, a star-studded and meticulously arranged performance recorded before 450 adoring fans in Mexico City. She performs her greatest hits, of course, but she also adds to her set list relatively obscure songs -- most delightfully "Esta Vez," a ballad from her

Overview

At the height of her decade-long rise to fame, Julieta Venegas released her first live album, MTV Unplugged, a star-studded and meticulously arranged performance recorded before 450 adoring fans in Mexico City. She performs her greatest hits, of course, but she also adds to her set list relatively obscure songs -- most delightfully "Esta Vez," a ballad from her debut album, Aquí (1998) -- and several new songs, including the international chart-topping lead single, "El Presente." As with many MTV Unplugged albums, guest stars are featured throughout; most noteworthy among them here are Spanish rapper Mala Rodríguez, who performs in the place of Chilean rapper Anita Tijoux on "Eres Para Mí," and Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte, who duets in Portuguese on "Ilusión" (a new song written by Venegas, Monte, and Arnaldo Antunes). Guest star or not, the performances are each interesting in their arrangements, which are generally quite different from their studio original counterparts. "Lento," one of Venegas' biggest and best hits, is the most drastically rearranged -- just piano and strings, plus chorus vocals, including some from the audience, who amusingly fight their collective urge to sing along. At least 20 different musicians are credited for the performance, chief among them Mexican alternative star Natalia Lafourcade, who switches instruments throughout. Given the guest star appearances and the small army of musicians, MTV Unplugged is best enjoyed on DVD, where the show can be seen as well as heard. This is a wonderful performance by Venegas, a pop star of the highest integrity and one with great regard for her craft. Fans of her music -- and fans of Latin pop in general -- shouldn't overlook this album because of the MTV affiliation. The new material and newly arranged versions of the hits are well worth checking out, and the performance is brilliantly executed.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2008
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0886973082126
catalogNumber:
730821
Rank:
47149

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Performance Credits

Julieta Venegas   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Didjeridu
Marisa Monte   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gustavo Borner   Mezcla
Jaques Morelenbaum   Cello,Guest Appearance
Gustavo Santaolalla   Banjo,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Alvaro Bitran   Cello
Saul Bitran   Violin
Javier Montiel   Viola
Cecilia Bastida   Piano,Glockenspiel,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Coros
Alejandro Diaz   Tuba
Aron Bitran   Violin
Mala Rodríguez   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Natalia Lafourcade   Banjo,Timbales,Cavaquinho,Vibes
Edy Vega   Percussion,Bateria
Mariana Baraj   Percussion,Coros
Juan Son   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Marisa Monte   Adaptation
Gustavo Borner   Engineer
Alejandro Ros   Graphic Design,Creative Consultant
Julieta Venegas   Arranger,Composer
Charlie Garcia   Recording Preparation
Milt Lage   Director
Coti   Composer
Jorge Villamizar   Composer
Vicente Solís   Producer
Jose Tillán   Producer,Executive Producer

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