Musica de Fondo: MTV Unplugged

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All Music Guide - Alexey Eremenko
Some bands just don't translate well to an unplugged setting (though that did not stop Korn), but with Zoé, it was obviously not going to be the case, not with the source material being melodic alt-rock steeped in Brit-pop influences. Hypnotic, melancholic guitar-based stuff -- even given the band's love of keyboard arrangements, it's hard to ask for a better setup from which to proceed with unplugging those delay and distortion pedals. It was even too good, perhaps; it's actually easy to forget that Musica de Fondo is an acoustic record -- it's just too polished, the soundscape too full, the rhythm section too powerful and flawless, and the still-present synthesizers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alexey Eremenko
Some bands just don't translate well to an unplugged setting (though that did not stop Korn), but with Zoé, it was obviously not going to be the case, not with the source material being melodic alt-rock steeped in Brit-pop influences. Hypnotic, melancholic guitar-based stuff -- even given the band's love of keyboard arrangements, it's hard to ask for a better setup from which to proceed with unplugging those delay and distortion pedals. It was even too good, perhaps; it's actually easy to forget that Musica de Fondo is an acoustic record -- it's just too polished, the soundscape too full, the rhythm section too powerful and flawless, and the still-present synthesizers are, frankly, the same kind of cheating as that lead guitar on Nirvana's "The Man Who Sold the World." This is not to say the band just faked it -- the songs are dutifully rearranged into a new setting, with most of the post-punkish licks, speedy beats, and reverberating guitar textures ditched, and pianos, cellos, and even the occasional Jew's harp brought in. And it's actually a good record in its own right -- quiet, wistful, and yet not without a bounce: see the rhythm in "Infinito," for example, which is nothing if not an acoustic-based nighttime dancefloor ditty. But much like Zoé's studio albums, their MTV performance feels detached, psychedelic, a bit otherworldly, and it's not really how this kind of show is meant to sound -- which is intimate and stripped down to the basics, eliminating the distance between the band and the audience. A good, moving record, no question about it; just not really an unplugged one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2011
  • Label: EMI INTERNATIONAL
  • EAN: 5099909514720
  • Catalog Number: 95147
  • Sales rank: 30,297

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sombras (4:12)
  2. 2 Soné (3:46)
  3. 3 Últimos Días (3:51)
  4. 4 No Me Destruyas (3:44)
  5. 5 Labios Rotos (4:03)
  6. 6 Dead (3:57)
  7. 7 Veneno (4:14)
  8. 8 Paula (4:12)
  9. 9 Infinito (4:26)
  10. 10 Vía Láctea (3:42)
  11. 11 Poli/Love (4:14)
  12. 12 Luna (4:40)
  13. 13 Nada (4:44)
  14. 14 Nunca (5:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 [Material Extra]
  2. 2 Soné
  3. 3 Últimos Días
  4. 4 No Me Destruyas
  5. 5 Labios Rotos
  6. 6 Dead
  7. 7 Veneno
  8. 8 Paula
  9. 9 Infinito
  10. 10 Vía Láctea
  11. 11 Poli Love
  12. 12 Luna
  13. 13 Nada
  14. 14 Nunca
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zoé Primary Artist, Arreglos
Sergio Acosta Ukulele, Group Member
Andrés Sánchez Glockenspiel, Metales
Alejandro Diaz Trombone
Chetes Banjo, Piano, Vocoder, Coros
Rodrigo Guardiola Bateria, Group Member
Angel Mosqueda Coros, Group Member
Daniel Zlotnik Tenor Saxophone
Leon Larregui Group Member
Jesus Baez Spinet, Coros, Toy Piano, Group Member
Gus Reyes Metales
Salomón Guerrero Alarcón Chelo
Milana Sovoleva Soloviova Viola
Technical Credits
Zoé Composer
Angel Mosqueda Composer
Leon Larregui Composer
Marquito Verderi Stage Manager
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