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Album Review

Celebrated singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona looks both forward and backward on Quién Dijo Ayer, a double-disc greatest-hits collection featuring 13 of his best-known songs on one disc and new recordings of those same songs on the other disc, plus three new songs. The hits compiled here are mostly from the 1990s, when Arjona emerged as one of Latin pop's most impressive songwriting talents: "Te Conozco" (1991); "Mujeres," "Jesús Verbo No Sustantivo" (1993); "Historia de Taxi," "Señora de las Cuatro Décadas," "Realmente No Estoy Tan Solo" (1994); "Se Nos Muere el Amor," "Tu Reputación" (1996); "Dime Que No," "Tarde (Sin Daños a Terceros)" (1998); "Si el Norte Fuera el Sur" (1999); "Cuándo" (2000); and "A Ti" (2002). After the turn of the century, Arjona began to release progressively less new material; in fact, after Santo Pecado (2002) he has released only one album of new material, Adentro (2005), to date. Like Lados B (2003) and Solo (2004), Quién Dijo Ayer is therefore likely to frustrate some longtime fans who would prefer an album of new material rather than yet another set of recycled material from years past. Thankfully, there are the three new songs, two of which ("Quién," "Quiero") are great, so much so they fit right in alongside all the hits. As for the newly recorded versions of Arjona's greatest hits, they're generally faithful to the original versions. The most evident exceptions are "Si el Norte Fuera el Sur" (performed in a ska style with Panteón Rococó) and "Historia de Taxi" (performed in a salsa style with Marc Anthony). There are a few other duets, but the arrangements are similar to the original versions. While only a couple of the new versions depart stylistically from the originals, the contemporary productions breathe new life into these songs, which should be well known by longtime fans. For the economically minded, Quién Dijo Ayer was also made available in a single-disc Special Edition comprised of only the new recordings rather than a double-disc collection half comprised of previously released (and previously compiled) material. In either edition, the quality of the newly recorded music is stellar, if perhaps overly familiar to some.

Customer Reviews

A Disappointment...

Lo seinto, voy a escriber en ingles.... I have been a fan of Arjona's for years for his raw poetry and loosely organized stories set to music. For me it is a passionate art that is performed more than the music itself. Unfortunately, Quién Dijo Ayer, seems to be some music producer who got a hold of him and said "make your old songs more latin" let's get some happiness and riffs and dancy latin sounds in them and release them like new stuff. Not a single "new version" impresses me, moreso I think they kill his sound. For "Historia de Taxi" - he could have simply mixed up the sound a bit instead of overlaying the beat effectively killing the story. In "Tarde" the new version not only introduces an annoying female voice (the song is about being a man alone!) but begins very fast lyricaly and effectively kills the pauses and patience that was the original. Listen to the original of "Te Conozco" and this is Arjona pure and raw. The new version is almost too polished taking away the rawness. I'd rather see him do something acoustic and spacy then this stuff. For me, buy his older stuff and demostrate this production is not a welcome advanced to his form.

Que Lastima

Para empezar este el TERCER disco de compilados que saca Arjona en su carrera, y sigue un poco la linea de SOLO (disco anterior de compilados.) No le puedo quitar meritos a los arreglos, pero en realidad cuantas veces tenemos que escuchar las mismas canciones, tanto repetidas en la radio como en su compilados anteriores. "Quien," "Quiero," y "Espantapajaros," son las unicas canciones nuevas. Al Parecer Arjona quiere ya terminar su contrato con la disquera y por eso ahora solo se dedica a compilados.

TREMENDO

sencillamente buenos arreglos, una excelente manera de darle un tono diferente a canciones que han sonado y que quizas necesitaban renacer. lo Nuevo, Quiero, es preciosa, fenomenal, el mismo estilo clasico de Arjona...GRAN TRABAJO

Biography

Born: January 19, 1964 in Antigua, Guatemala

Genre: Latin Pop

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

Guatemalan singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona is one of the more respected Latin artists, mostly for his social conscience and his integrity in writing and performing songs. Born in Antigua, he was interested in music from an early age but later decided to become a rural schoolteacher. He also played basketball for the Guatemalan national team, but continued to play his guitar and write songs in his spare time. After realizing that music was his one true love, he...
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Latin Pop, Music, Latino
  • Released: Aug 21, 2007

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