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Album Review

After his initial burst on the scene at the turn of the century, success seems to have slowed down Spanish singer/songwriter Alex Ubago. Three years after 2006's Aviones de Cristal (as well as a 2007 greatest-hits package) comes his fourth studio album, Calle Ilusión. Recorded in Buenos Aires under the direction of Argentine Cachorro López — by now probably considered the king of Latin pop — Calle Ilusión is as competent and polished an album of confessional pop as you would expect from the artists involved. For the same reason, it is equally sure to please fans of the soft-spoken Ubago, as it delivers a new dozen songs that, predictably, deal mostly with love and relationships. With a few exceptions ("No Estés Sola," "Como si Fuera el Último"), however, Ubago avoids the pitfalls of many of his peers as he steers away from becoming too preachy or too whiny. He even manages to concoct a convincing reggae-pop song in the title track, the album's highlight together with the single "Amarrado a Tí" and the ballad "20 Horas de Nada." Calle Ilusión offers a few surprises as it winds up, including a cover of Andrés Calamaro's "Mil Horas" and a Spanish/English duet with Craig David on "Walking Away." Both are affable enough, as the entire album is, but one cannot help but realize that, if these two artists are what Ubago is aiming for as a songwriter and singer, he still has some way to go. Six months after the original release, a second edition of Calle Ilusión added three bonus tracks: two more covers (Mecano and Juan Gabriel) and a duet with the Corrs' Sharon Corr on a new version of "Amarrado a Tí."

Customer Reviews

Ya paso demaciado tiempo para escuchar algo nuevo de Alex Ubago

Las canciones estan mas maduras pero con el estilo de Alex. Pero eso si mi cancion favorita es el remake de "Walking Away" de Craig David. Lo escuche antes pero no sabia que iba estar en el disco de Alex Ubago porque he tratado de encontrarlo pero solo esta en el disco de Greatest Hits de Craig David. El R&B es un nuevo estilo para Alex. Es un poco dificil pero pudo hacerlo y pues Craig David es un papasote con una voz que es un simple "WOW". Bien para Alex arriesgarse en otros estilos. Ojala que lo pueda hacerlo de nuevo con otro artista. "I'm walking away, from the troubles in my life. I''m walking, oh to find a better day." Craig David "Tan solo me ire, a buscar otro lugar. Tan solo me ire, y algo nuevo encontrare." Alex Ubago

Love it but...

Been waiting for this CD since 2006's AVIONES DE CRISTAL (great CD). Love his voice & songwriting but the production seems a little stripped down. Not as many backing vocals or keyboards as his previous work. His songwriting is strong with those wonderful melodies that creep into your brain after a period of time. Just don't like track 7 - 9 but that's not bad compared to many CD's with fewer than 2 good songs. Itunes also gives you track 13: ME CUESTA TANTO OLVIDARTE that other sites do not offer & I think it's well worth the cost. Also on WALKING AWAY I think I finally hear him singing in English on the end chorus & it sounds quite good. I'm not totally fluent in spanish so I really can't judge the lyric quality but it all worked for me. This CD is a welcome addition to Alex's body of work & I hope I don't have to wait too long for his next effort.

Sigue con su exito!

Me encanta la musica de Alex, sus melodias y el sonido algo acustico de sus canciones. Me Gusta escucharlo bastante cuando ando manejando en la carretera, me pone a pensar en mi vida, y me inspira optimismo. Lo recomiendo bastante.


Born: January 29, 1981 in Vitoria, Spain

Genre: Pop Latino

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Spanish Latin pop star Alex Ubago was born in Vitoria on January 29, 1981. His family moved to San Sebastian when Alex, an only child, was four. Just for the fun of creating, Ubago wrote his first song at the age of 15. He taught himself to sing, solely to hear how his songs sounded. Without career designs, after writing several songs Ubago contacted his cousin David, who was a musician with a home studio. Together, the two recorded some of Ubago's compositions, hoping to present them to Ubago's...
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