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Album Review

At the height of her decade-long rise to fame, Julieta Venegas released her first live album, MTV Unplugged, a star-studded and meticulously arranged performance recorded before 450 adoring fans in Mexico City. She performs her greatest hits, of course, but she also adds to her set list relatively obscure songs — most delightfully "Esta Vez," a ballad from her debut album, Aquí (1998) — and several new songs, including the international chart-topping lead single, "El Presente." As with many MTV Unplugged albums, guest stars are featured throughout; most noteworthy among them here are Spanish rapper Mala Rodríguez, who performs in the place of Chilean rapper Anita Tijoux on "Eres Para Mí," and Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte, who duets in Portuguese on "Ilusión" (a new song written by Venegas, Monte, and Arnaldo Antunes). Guest star or not, the performances are each interesting in their arrangements, which are generally quite different from their studio original counterparts. "Lento," one of Venegas' biggest and best hits, is the most drastically rearranged — just piano and strings, plus chorus vocals, including some from the audience, who amusingly fight their collective urge to sing along. At least 20 different musicians are credited for the performance, chief among them Mexican alternative star Natalia Lafourcade, who switches instruments throughout. Given the guest star appearances and the small army of musicians, MTV Unplugged is best enjoyed on DVD, where the show can be seen as well as heard. This is a wonderful performance by Venegas, a pop star of the highest integrity and one with great regard for her craft. Fans of her music — and fans of Latin pop in general — shouldn't overlook this album because of the MTV affiliation. The new material and newly arranged versions of the hits are well worth checking out, and the performance is brilliantly executed.

Customer Reviews


This is not any unplugged, there's no pigeonholing her. The multi-talented Julieta Venegas created a new musical proposal, re-inventing her songs, full of new sounds through excellent and innovative arrangements. A pleasant surprise was Juan Son guest on the song "De Mis Pasos", I have totally fallen in love with him. In short, An impeccable production, an example to follow. ENJOY!

A Joy to Listen to

I've been waiting for a while for another album I'd want to just put on a loop and listen to over and over. This is that album! This is my first introduction to Julieta Venegas and I can't wait to hear more of her history of songs. Maybe she's gotten more pop-y lately, but I love the result! By the way, you do not need to be a Spanish speaker to understand and appreciate these songs, so buy away -- and buy the whole album!

Creativity Beyond any borders!

She's absurdly fantastic on this record. An the special guests just as good. Marisa Monte "representing" for Brazil!!! Though I'm a Brazilian I'd say "Well done my fellow latin (Mexican)", Julieta synthesizes the best in Mexico!


Born: November 24, 1970 in Tijuana, Mexico

Genre: Latin Pop

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

Mexican singer/songwriter Julieta Venegas established initially established herself as a cutting-edge Latin alternative artist during the late '90s, before her career shifted direction significantly with her third album, Sí (2003), a broadly appealing pop/rock effort graced with genuine hits, including a couple chart-toppers. In the wake of her 2003 breakthrough, Venegas didn't look back. Her next album, Limón y Sal (2006), was just as broadly appealing as its predecessor, and it was an even bigger...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Latin Pop, Music, Latino
  • Released: Jan 04, 2004

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