Knowing that Amaia had departed and that the change brought the LOVG to a critical juncture, I bought this CD with some trepidation, unwrapped it, slid it into my car player, played it, played it again...and was blown away. It was as good, if not better, than what preceded it; I listened to it all summer, never tiring of perceiving something new each time: a perfect chord or sound effect, a turn of phrase, a catch in Leire's voice: sheer aural candy. Leire matches the band flawlessly, miraculously: amazingly good fortune. Then, an earlier reviewer mentioned the Beatles connection: in addition to the "Let it be" ending to La Visita, the subject matter, emotions, and musical styles run the gamut, and that is what is reminiscent of the Beatles--we were willing to follow wherever they led. This album coheres in that rare way in which there are no songs to skip. A rundown: 1-El ultimo vals: The Last Waltz 2-Inmortal: Immortal Love the guitar intro, the stereo separation,...
The USUAL scenerio that plays out in the pop world is this:
1) Group with exceptional singer hits it big. 2) Singer splits for solo career. 3) Either singer or group or both promptly bomb big time and disappear.
HAPPILY this is one of those great EXCEPTIONS and EVERYBODY comes out a winner--group, former lead singer and the FANS!
LOVG shows that both the band and Amaia Montero were equally responsible for their prior success. New lead vocalist Leire Martinez fits right in without the group missing a beat (no pun intended!). An excellent choice!
A LAS CINCO EN EL ASTORIA is enjoyable from start to finish! And I'd like to note that LOVG is a band that actually knows what to do with CHANNEL SEPARATION. It's refreshing to hear somebody avail themselves of using both left and right channels independantly to carry mutually distinct sounds, vocals and instuments. Something sadly underutilized since way back in those early days (am I...
I love this CD. There are many high energy songs. I have all of the LODVG albums and this one is one of the very best. I thought I would really miss Amaia Montero since she left the group, however, the new lead vocalist (I don't yet know her name) is every bit as good and I really like her singing. You don't have to to speak spanish to enjoy this album. The sounds here are great.
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