Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Overlooked Chapter of Paulina's Past
Rudy Palma | NJ | 09/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although she would deservedly achieve much greater success in coming years, Paulina Rubio's "El Tiempo Es Oro (The Time Is Gold)" is a much overlooked, far underrated disc she recorded way back in 1994.
Everyone from the most diehard of fans to her most casual of admirers have so much solid material here to love and appreciate, making it a true shame that is album is so forgotten, including by Rubio herself, who never even touches it during her concerts anymore. The album carries a theme that is reflected in the title; the listener is on the receiving end of consistent reminders of how time is of the essence.
The album kicks off with the hit single "Te Daría Mi Vida (I Would Give You My Life)," which has an overall very campy vibe and video to match. A very giddy tune that gains a lot of knowledge from Euro-pop stylings, it is abudantly infectious, although it lacks the everlasting quality of further material on the disc.
A true standout is "A Ti, Volver, Regresar (To You, Turn Around, Come Back)," a slick track with retro vibes and smart production with a melody and lyrics that don't command a high-octave vocal performance from Rubio, but rather a precisely accurate, intense interpretation. She pulls that off with flying colors, proving why she has her job.
Some moments of the album get downright intense. "Aun (Even)" and "Si Te Marchas Con Otra (If You Go With Another)" are songs of love gone wrong and the emotional consequences, while in the infectious "Nada De Ti (Nothing Of You)," for which Rubio throws a glass of water in the face of her two-timing ex-boyfriend in the video, she stands her ground, a fully self-sufficient and independent woman. Furthermore, the centerpiece track of the album, "Sola (Alone)" is reminiscent of Karen Carpenter at her most melancholy, making for an overwhelming listen.
A fine midtempo selection is "Hoy Te Deje De Amar (Today You Stop Loving)," which is produced very sweetly with interwoven sounds reminiscent of coocoo clocks, which, blended with incessant drumbeats and a laid-back vocal performance, creates a calming, serene listen, all the while still maintaining a certain urgency. "Un Dia Gris (A Grey Day)," creates a similar atmosphere and helps bring the album to a soothing close.
The ultimate highlight of the set, however, is the rousing "En El Nombre Del Amor (In the Name of the Love)," which is guaranteed to continue putting smiles on the faces of many listeners. Simply put, the tune is completely uplifting, with an outstanding chorus and excellent backup vocalists that help Rubio infect the song with her signature magic.
Also included are the hard-rocking "Amarnos No Es Pecado (To Love Each Other Is Not a Sin)" and the sultry "Besame En La Boca (Kiss Me In the Mouth)," a sexy performance which sounds like a love song plucked right out of the mid-80's with its saxophone solo and plonkety-plonk drumloops. Both tracks are featured in the motion picture that bears the name of the latter track and stars Rubio from 1994.
Rudy Palma | 09/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"El Tiempo es oro is "dando guerra" en Ecuador's radio stations. Since the firts track "Te daria mi vida" was released, it occuped the firts places for many weeks. Te daria Mi vida shows the euro-pop rythm which Paulina is influenced by. Afeter some months, there was a BOOM in radio: AUN, the new track from this album. catalogued as THE SONG OF THE YEAR IN 1996, "Aun" has become an imnortal romantic song. Is consolided Paulina as one of the best mexican-singers of the 90's."