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Juan Luis Guerra - Ni Es lo Mismo Ni Es Igual (1998)

12-06-2014, 09:27
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Juan Luis Guerra - Ni Es lo Mismo Ni Es Igual (1998)

Artist: Juan Luis Guerra
Title Of Album: Ni Es lo Mismo Ni Es Igual
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Karen Records / K1079302162
Genre: Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Ballad
Total Time: 37:34 min
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 258 mb (Covers)

Juan Luis Guerra - Ni Es lo Mismo Ni Es Igual (1998)

Beginning in 1989 with his breakthrough album Ojala Que Llueva Café, Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra shook the Latin pop world by writing music that was successful both artistically and commercially. Without losing sight of the dancers on the dance floor or of hook-driven radio, Guerra reworked Dominican merengue, and later the romantic, bolero-like bachata, with sophisticated jazz harmonies, poetic lyrics, and top-shelf pop-style production. He even made some astute connections between modern Caribbean and West African pop. But in 1994 he disappeared from view. Ni Es lo Mismo ni Es Igual shows an artist finding his way back, looking for the markers he left behind but not wanting to simply re-create the past. He has a couple of potential hits in "Mi PC," a catchy merengue in which Guerra romances using the imagery and language of our computer world, and "El Primo," a witty, crisp merengue about a cousin who "knows Michael Jordan and is an actor / Breathes underwater and is a painter / Is a sociologist and pilot planes...." The highlight of the disc is "El Niagara en Bicicleta," a merengue-rap that deals with the tragicomic miseries of health care in the contemporary Dominican Republic and shows Guerra at his very best: a devastating social critic with a fine-tuned pop sensibility. No Es lo Mismo is solid rather than impressive. But still, solid, for Guerra, is already better than most anything else on the Latin music charts. --Fernando Gonzalez

Review by Evan C. Gutierrez
This three-time Grammy-winning performance by the daddy of bachata and modern merengue is a must-listen for not only the tropical music fans of the world, but any music lover with a pulse. Juan Luis Guerra, often credited with bringing his nation's music to a global audience, has created yet another landmark album for lovers of Dominican music to relish. Be it with humorous and rollicking merengues like "Mi PC," the steamy and simmering salsa "Quisiera," or the irresistibly singable "El Niagra en Bicicleta" (which won Best Tropical Song at the Latin Grammys in 2000), Guerra offers delightful surprise in song after song. His ballads "Testimonio" or "Amapola" prove as tender and poignantly written as always. Grammy winner of Best Merengue Performance, this album sets new standards of excellence for both writing and ensemble performance for generations of Merengueros to come. Sonically, Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual proves a lush and brilliant success. Having also won Best Engineered Album from the Latin Grammys in 2000 is testament to this rich, crystal-clear studio masterpiece. Not only a brilliant songwriter but also a master arranger, Guerra is responsible for every fiery horn line and rousing coro. For both the dedicated merengue patriot and those looking for their musical maiden voyage to the Republica Dominicana, Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual is a must-own.


1. Mi PC
2. Vale La Pena
3. La Hormiguita
4. Quisiera
5. El Niagara En Bicicleta
6. Palomita Blanca
7. Testimonio
8. Amapola
9. El Primo
10. Sobremesa
11. Amor De Concuco


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