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La Oreja de Van Gogh

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Album Review

Although at first listen La Oreja de Van Gogh's third release might sound like a slick rehashing of the same pop formula that had brought the group consistent commercial success, Lo Que Te Conté Mientras Te Hacías la Dormida (What I Told You While You Pretended to Be Asleep) merits closer attention. Beyond some similarities to their earlier work — nostalgic lyrics, ridiculously catchy choruses, and lead singer Amaia Montero's seemingly fragile delivery — this album displays far greater emotional and musical range than do their earlier efforts. Montero and keyboard player Xabi San Martín continue to write most of the music, and guitar player Pablo Benegas most of the lyrics, but there are some notable exceptions, like album opener and first single "Puedes Contar Conmigo" (You Can Count on Me), written entirely by Montero. Here she abandons any former posturing as a helpless little girl and sings not about a fairy tale, but about love that's flawed and recognizable; when the final chorus slows, the spare outline of Montero's voice shapes a real and exquisite moment of heartbreak. In "Tú y Yo," a collaboration among all three musicians, the lyrics are simpler than elsewhere, but with their wry and modern self-awareness, they are also cleverer. San Martín takes full credit for "Geografía," a song without parallels in their repertoire, harnessing the rollicking gait of Andean pipe tunes and inventing ingenious borders for a nation made up of just two lovers. And throughout the album, there are successful musical experiments, like a bossa nova groove at the beginning of "Perdóname," a harder edged vocal line paired with a driving beat on "La Paz de Tus Ojos," or the nonsense syllables of the unnamed and completely electronic final track that frees Montero's mature and often remarkable voice to sound like another keyboard. Lo Que Te Conté Mientras Te Hacías la Dormida is La Oreja de Van Gogh's most accomplished album, and would be an excellent choice for an audience willing to lay the seductions of caliente aside in favor of a distinctly European and new wave-inflected cool.

Customer Reviews

A Great Album!

This is a group whos sound gets better with each successive album and this is no exception. One of my favorite albums. The album's strongest points are the first few tracks ("Puedes Contar Conmigo" and "Rosas" are two of my personal favorites) and overall they demonstrate a wider range than their previous album. That's not to say that the other tracks don't hold their own however. As always Amaia Montero's voice is amazing.


"Lo que te conte mientras mientras te hacias la dormida" is probably there best album, even better than "Guapa" the music is catchy and the lyrics are very deep. Puedes contar conmigo = 9 20 de Enero = 9 Rosas = 10 Deseos de cosas imposibles = 10 Geografia = 8 Un mundo mejor = 8.5 Tu y yo= 8 La Esperanza debida = 8 Vestido Azul = 8.5 Adios = 7 Perdoname = 10 Nadie como tu = 10 La paz de tus ojos = 9.5 Historia de un sueño = 8

I love this album.......

Even though my Spanish is limited to just a few words here and there, their music ranges from relaxing to upbeat and is worthwhile in anyone's music collection. My favorite songs are "Rosas", "Tu y Yo", "La Esperanza Debida" and "La Paz de Tus Ojos."


Formed: 1996 in San Sebastián, Spain

Genre: Latino

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

An exceptionally well-regarded Spanish pop/rock band, La Oreja de Van Gogh is also one of the most commercially successful acts in the genre, with each of the band's albums selling approximately a million copies worldwide. Driven by electric guitar and keyboard, the music is easily enjoyable and accessible while, at the same time, smartly crafted and distinct, with lyrics that deal generally with the complexities of relationships. La Oreja de Van Gogh formed in 1996, after guitarist Pablo Benegas,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Latin Pop, Music, Latino
  • Released: May 13, 2003

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