Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
One of the best Spanish Rock albums... EVER!
J. C. Vera | Miami, Fl United States | 06/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Produced by Mr. Cerati (from Soda Stereo), this album stands as one of the best examples of modern rock in Spanish (it even ranks among my 20 favourite albums of all time, regardless of language). It's production and incredible sound is way ahead of its time (one of the first Latin artists to use trip-hop and electronica as elements to her music); Nicole's vocals are quite unique, girly as they may sound; and the whole concept behind the album makes this release stand out in comparison to the majority of albums that have been released in Latin America and Spain (both before and after its success in 1997-1998). It is quite a shame that it has been discontinued in the US due to lack of exposure and the horrible choices that the US Spanish radio stations make when creating their playlists (one only has to think about the popularity that mediocre artists like Thalia and Enrique enjoy in order to realise that there is very little hope for progressive artists within this market). Anyone who is able to get their hands on this jewel (no pun intended) of Latin pop, rock, and "techno" is bound to enjoy every single track on the CD. There are no filler tunes here or even half-way bad songs among the 12 that it includes; every song is simply amazing. My definite recommendations would be "Sirenas" (simply haunting and enchanting), "Cuervos" (dark, moody, and perfectly recorded), and "Despiertame" (full of energy, a great beat that gets you immediately hooked, and some interesting lyrics). Also recommended is Nicole's 2002 release "Viaje Infinito," which, like this CD, has been unfortunately discontinued. I truly hope that someday the Spanish radio stations in the US will start paying attention to true artists like this Chilean chanteuse and other greats like Duncan Dhu, Mecano, La Oreja de Van Gogh, etc. There is more to Spanish music than tacky merengue and horrible Tex-Mex sounds."
Fernando Silva | Santiago de Chile. | 02/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album has an excellent combination of rock, pop and electronic(techno) rhythms, with intelligent lyrics as well. This is Nicole's (née Denisse Laval in 1977) third album. When she was something like 12 years old in 1989, she made her début with an album issued only in tape format (as far as I can remember) titled "Tal Vez Me Estoy Enamorando" (Maybe I'm Falling in Love), sort of harmless teenie-pop, which was pretty popular in Chile. Then, years later (1994) she re-emerged as a beautiful young 17 year old woman, with a new look, concept and album: "Esperando Nada" (Waiting for Nothing), which had a collection of excellent pop songs, with very classy arrangements and melodies. That album was a huge commercial success, and had a run of at least three consecutive singles, being the whole bunch of songs very, very good. Then in 1997, she changed her look, her style, etc., and here you have it the mature effort of a lifetime: this great album I'm reviewing, filled with a variety of moods, styles and tempos. It's great music, and you have to listen to its songs many times to discover all of their magic. After that, Nicole will caught you under her spell, 'cos she's not only a pretty woman, but very attractive, smart and interesting as well. Noteworthy singles from this album are, among others: "Despiértame" (Wake me Up) and "Todo Lo que Quiero" (All I Want). Nothing more had been heard from her afterwards for a long time, until these days, when it's being said she's signed a deal with Maverick Records, which will launch her as-major-than-ever-artist in the latin market, issuing a new album in March 2002. A videoclip featuring an upcoming single ("Viaje Infinito"-Infinite Journey) from that album is being shown currently at MTV, and I must say I'm pretty pleased by her new style, reminiscent somewhat of one of my fave groups ever, the wonderful Swing Out Sister. Kudos for Nicole! She deserves them!"
Nicole , sorprendio al rock en espaņol
J. H. Infante | Guadalajara, Ja, Mex | 02/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Con una notable evolucion musical, personal y un nivel de madurez alcanzada fascinante, la bellisima chilena Nicole nos ofrece "sueños en transito" que muestra una gama de estilos e influencia de lo mas vanguardista y experimental; De la mano de Gustavo Ceratti (de la fama de Soda Stereo) este segundo album va desde samples electronicos y sintetizadores hasta instrumentos acusticos mas tradicionales , la intervencion de Ceratti es evidente, definitivamente no es dificil imaginarlo interpretando algunos de los cortes aqui incluidos como "cielos", "noche" "sirenas" y "tuve que herirme" existen tambien temas mas rockeros como "todo lo que quiero" (mi favorita del cd por cierto), el concepto del album es por demas atractivo, la progresion tanto visual (ver video "despiertame")
como musical es excelente , una coleccion de temas muy disfrutable, ademas de ser una rara produccion en la carrera de Nicole ya que su primer cd "esperando nada" (mucho muy bueno por cierto) estaba mas sobre la linea del pop adolescente y su mas reciente tercer album es mucho mas comercial dada su inclusion en el catalogo de Maverick ya a nivel internacional y con el cual al parecer no sucedio gran cosa, La chilena parece ser mas bien una interprete moldeable por productores, musicos y compositores de renombre como Ceratti y Calamaro, que un musico completo, como sea no la califico por su nivel de originalidad propia sino por la calidad final de sus albumes y en este caso "sueños en transito" es para mi gusto unos de los cds mas trascendentales en la linea del rock y pop femenino en español,y lo hace merecedor de la mas alta calificacion, el exito comercial ya es otro asunto aparte