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Album Review

Decades into his career, Alejandro Sanz has experimented with such a dizzying array of styles it's difficult to keep track of them. That said, his musical restlessness knows no bounds on Sirope. Over 13 tracks he delves into pop and folk traditions, stitching everything from funk and cumbia to rock, soul, and reggae — and of course flamenco — into sonic landscapes governed by his passionate Andalusian voice. His skill as a songwriter and arranger is balanced by his keen ear as a producer. Sanz demoed and charted everything in his home studio, bringing in co-producer Sebastián Krys (who mixed 2012's La Música No Se Toca) when it was time to begin recording. Despite modern production, the set has a very analog sound. Everything from loops to strings were recorded and engineered with warmth and immediacy. No matter what else appears in this mix, acoustic guitars are as present as his voice. First single "Un Zombie a la Intemperie" is understandably a ballad — it's the man's trademark, after all. But as he weaves together a lithe, romantic melody, it takes on cinematic scope because of its smart instrumentation. Nylon-string guitars and piano are adorned with dramatic strings, well-placed, subtle loops and ambient effects, shuffling snares, and a bumping bassline. "Un Zombie a la Intemperie" is in marked contrast with the steamy opener "A Mí No Me Importa," which weds reggae and cumbia with funky electric piano, horn vamps, dubwise bass, soaring souled-out female backing vocals, and a spiny electric guitar break. "Pero Tú" uses phrases from "Pachelbel's Canon" in a frame of jazzy pop, modern soul, and Andalusian folk. One can hear traces of Wilson Pickett, Don Covay, and Julius Cheeks in the gritty, funky gospel rock of "La Guarida del Calor," with great breaks by drummer Pete Thomas and rumbling bass by Davey Faragher. That wild, unhinged gospel-infused R&B gets rubbed against hard-grooving nuevo flamenco on "Tú la Necesitas." "Todo Huela a Ti" is a breezy pop/rocker, with a shimmering beat and soul guitars. "La Vida Que Respira" is a breathtaking innovation on modern flamenco. Illustrated with tough loops and layers of acoustic and electric guitars, the bridge breaks with the form as a multi-voice chorus, strings, and an electric piano — playing Afro-Latin montunos — swoop in from the margins. "Suena la Pelota" is a glorious, uplifting duet with Juan Luis Guerra. It's an uplifting paean to self-forgiveness and acceptance. It's followed by the amazing midtempo ballad "A Que No Me Dejas," whose mariachi horn break is priceless. Initially, Sirope might be jarring for some listeners. Though polished, it contains no sheen. It is not a common exercise in pop fusion, but the vision of an artist who understands the roots of every style and tradition he employs. With Sirope, Sanz takes his fans further out onto his ledge than ever and rewards them abundantly for the journey. While refusing to compromise, he has — again — expanded Latin pop's reach.

Customer Reviews

NOT SURE

Alejandro Sanz has been around for a long time, old artists like to try new styles, Alejandro should stay in ‘’El Alma Al Aire’’ times, I really don’t feel it, not in this album, not in the previous, is like Shakira, Miguel bose and Chayanne, didn’t feel their last album, neither the previous, sometimes artists make the wrong choice thinking it might be the hit they are waiting for, even the great listeners make mistakes, anyways, I’m still waiting on this album release, there might be at least one or two good songs I can add to my music library, by the way that’s just my opinion, besides that, I’m still a great alejandro sanz fan. oh! - like I always say: maybe the next album will be the one we all are waiting for!!… love the Artcover!

The greatest!!!

I've been waiting a long time for his new album to come out and his finally here, im so excited. "Sirope is gonna be one of the greatest album, that's for sure!

FATAL Que Lastima

Soy fanático de Sanz pero este es un Disco como El Tren de los Momentos , solo los fans pueden saber de lo que hablo , simplemente odio cuando artistas que tienen un estilo de música que tienen éxito y prueban experimentar cosas diferentes. Desde el nombre de las canciones se puede ver lo malo del disco SIN DEJAR A UN LADO EL NOMBRE DEL DISCO Y LA PORTADA.

Biography

Genre: Latin Pop

The most commercially successful Spanish singer of all time, Alejandro Sanz earned a reputation as an industrious hitmaker in his native country during the 1990s, and by the decade's end, he'd expanded his fan base internationally, broadening his style beyond romantic ballads and collaborating with fellow Latin superstars, most memorably Shakira. A talented songwriter with handsome looks, Sanz proved immensely popular even with his debut album, 1991's Viviendo de Prisa, which was a number one hit...
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