Renaissance: Revelation

  • 语种:英语
  • 发行时间:2001-11-27
  • 类型:录音室专辑


by Jason BirchmeierFormed in 2000, $|1SIN|BANDERA?Sin Bandera is comprised of $|1LEONEL|GARCÍA?Leonel García and $|1NOEL|SCHAJRIS?Noel Schajris; the former is from Mexico, the latter Argentina, and both are musicians, composers, and singers. $|1SCHAJRIS?Schajris had already released a solo album, in 1999, but when the two singer/songwriter/musicians befriended one another and realized how complementary they were to one another artistically, they joined together and began to work on songs for an album. $|1GARCÍA?García played guitar, $|1SCHAJRIS?Schajris played piano, and fellow musician $|1AUREO|BAQUEIRO?Aureo Baqueiro assumed the role of producer, also contributing various instrumentation. The guys decided to bill themselves as $|1SIN|BANDERA?Sin Bandera (Without a Flag) because of their mixed heritage as well as their belief in unity among diverse peoples. They debuted with the song "Entra en Mi Vida," an expressive love song that was chosen to be the main theme of a Mexican telenovela, Cuando Seas Mía. Other singles followed, including "Kilómetros" and "Sirena." Released in early 2002, $|2SIN|BANDERA?Sin Bandera steadily found international success, mainly in Mexico but also in Spain, Argentina, and the United States -- that is, all the major Latin markets -- in addition to smaller markets like Costa Rica. The album won that year's Latin Grammy for Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and it also netted a standard Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. Other awards showered on the duo included an MTV Latino Award for Best Group and a Lo Nuestro Award for Best Pop Album.Following this rash of breakout success, $|1SIN|BANDERA?Sin Bandera returned to the studio quickly and recorded a follow-up album, $|2DE|VIAJE?De Viaje (2003), with $|1BAQUEIRO?Baqueiro again producing and playing a multitude of instruments. $|2DE|VIAJE?De Viaje sold even better than $|2SIN|BANDERA?Sin Bandera had, and it featured the duo's first Hot Latin Tracks chart-topper, "Mientes Tan Bien." Other singles include "Que Lloro," a Top Five hit, and "De Viaje," which broke into the Top 20. This second round of success was topped off with another Latin Grammy win for Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Also in 2003, $|1SIN|BANDERA?Sin Bandera toured America and Spain in support of Spanish superstar $|1ALEJANDRO|SANZ?Alejandro Sanz, who was on the road promoting $|2NO|ES|LO|MISMO?No Es Lo Mismo (2003), another of the biggest Latin pop albums of the year. In 2004, they mounted a tour of their own, covering all of Latin America, even small markets like Bolivia and Paraguay.For their third album, $|2MAÑANA?Mañana (2005), $|1GARCÍA?García and $|1SCHAJRIS?Schajris reached beyond $|1BAQUEIRO?Baqueiro, reeling in such collaborators as contemporary R&B producer $|1BRIAN|MCKNIGHT?Brian McKnight, arranger $|1BILL|MEYERS?Bill Meyers, Latin rapper $|1VICO|C?Vico C, and Italian pop superstar $|1LAURA|PAUSINI?Laura Pausini. The result was their most stylistically diverse album yet, certainly their most urban -- not unlike $|2NO|ES|LO|MISMO?No Es Lo Mismo in this regard, as that album had found $|1SANZ?Sanz toughening up his sound with urban flourishes. $|2MAÑANA?Mañana became their first album to break into the Billboard 200; it was also their first to break into the Top Five of the Top Latin Albums chart. "Suelta Mi Mano" was the biggest hit among the singles, with "Que Me Alcance la Vida" also charting well. $|2PASADO?Pasado (2006) followed soon afterward. An album of covers, $|2PASADO?Pasado showcases $|1SIN|BANDERA?Sin Bandera reinterpreting songs by such well-known contemporary Latin pop influences as $|1SANZ?Sanz ("Lo Ves"), $|1RICARDO|MONTANER?Ricardo Montaner ("Será"), $|1ALEKS|SYNTEK?Aleks Syntek ("Mis Impulsos Sobre Ti"), and $|1ROSANA?Rosana ("Si Tu No Estas Aquí"). ~ Jason BirchmeierNick Warren and Danny Howells -- both previously featured in the Global Underground series -- each mix a disc on this entry into the similar Renaissance series. And, as you might presume, these mixes are indeed awfully similar to these DJs' previous Global Underground efforts -- nothing but the latest batch of progressive house tracks. Both sets are dark and ominous, only the occasional female vocal shedding any light on these monolithic mixes. This is the sound of progressive house circa 2001. Occasional tracks like Ashley Beedle's Mahavishnu Vocal Mix of Bent's "Always" and Deep Dish's remix of iio's "Rapture" are uplifting moments, but for the most part, they are just brief shimmers of light in otherwise dark and disorienting sets by Warren and Howells.