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Gran City Pop (Deluxe Version)

Paulina Rubio

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Album Review

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/ranchero 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/rock (sometimes sounding like Electronic, as on "A Contraluz," other times like power pop, as on "Ya Fue") 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. [A Deluxe Edition was also released, including three bonus tracks — "Ya Fue" and a banda version and a club mix/radio edit of "Causa y Efecto" — as well as a bonus DVD.]

Customer Reviews

Wow, great album!

Even though I don't understand a single word this woman is saying, I can still hear that all of her songs have an amazing rhythm and beat to them. They are all extremely catchy. And her voice is fun! It's low, but she has great vocals. I like that strong voice in women. Once I learn this language, I'll take a better listen to this album. xD

not impressed....

I'm actually truly disappointed with Paulina's latest album....she plays it too safe and has not been innovative with her music...she's become too plastic and through this music (if you can call it that) you can tell she's influenced by what those above her feel would sell well instead of letting her continue to mature as an artist...What happened to the inspiration she showed in her album Paulina? She needs to step back and realize she's going down the wrong path...her voice on some of the tracks also sounds out of tune....for being such a renowned artist you would think every detail of the album would be perfect...

PUDIERON SER MAS ESTRELLAS PERO...

El Album se escucha con muy buena produccion, aunque trae sonidos ya escuchados anteriormente, el unico "pero" es la voz de Paulina, sabemos nunca tuvo buena voz, es desentonada en "amaneci sin ti", "melodia de tu alma", recomendadas serian "ya fue","algo de ti", "El tren de la vida"(esta porque escondio la voz con ese sonido), "enseñame" porque " ni rosas ni jugetes" que es lo mismo que "Dame otro tequila" o "el ultimo adios", el sonido de "A contraluz" se escucha la base de la cancion muy parecida a otras mas del monton de hoy en dia, me gusto "Causa y Efecto" porque trae la base de "ni tu ni nadie" version de el grupo Moenia...y "la danza del escorpion"??..acaso todavia tiene 18 años??..eso ni de carrera artistica la tiene...Pau, pudieon ser mas estrellas pero...TU VOZ como que necesitan arreglarla mas en el estudio de grabacion... This Album's sound has good quality, it has no new sound, I like the beat of the first song it's like the bass of Moenia's song "Ni tu ni nadie" but I’m not blown away by the some of it ("amaneci sin ti", "melodia de tu alma"). Maybe she’s just not a good vocalist and the sound engineers are trying to cover it up in the mixing. Pau...it could be more stars but...your voice =S..."La danza del Escorpion??"...so...are you 18??... come on...neither music business...

Biography

Born: June 17, 1971 in Mexico City, Mexico

Genre: Latin Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Unlike many kids who grow up dreaming of stardom, singer Paulina Rubio didn't have to wait for adulthood to get her first taste of fame. By the time she was ten, Rubio, the daughter of Mexican film star Susana Dosamantes, was part of the children's group Timbiriche. A decade later her solo debut, La Chica Dorada (1992), was released by EMI, generating the breakthrough hit "Mío." Three more EMI albums followed — 24 Kilates (1993), Tiempo Es Oro (1995), and Planeta Paulina (1996) — none...
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