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Ni Es Lo Mismo, Ni Es Igual

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 15, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: December 15, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Karen
  • ASIN: B00000GBYS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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En un tiempo en que la musica latina ha caido en su momento de mayor inercia...albumes como el de Juan Luis son un oasis en medio de la aridez creativa de los artistas hispanos. "Ni es lo mismo ni es igual" es excelente en todos los aspectos: exquisitez y originalida en las letras, sofisticados arreglos que nunca caen en la repeticion y la sordidez, sonido de primera y concepto general del album con una secuencia logica. El problema de los cantantes latinos es que en su mayoria son solo interpretes y carecen de una vision musical solida. Juan Luis es un musico, pero de los buenos, quien nunca compromete la calidad y la honestidad artistica en aras de ser popularizado despiadadamente o buscando ser articulo de consumo que se venda por unas treinta monedas de plata...
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After quite a while of being away from the recording studio, Juan Luis, the best Merengue composer of the world, came back to deliver, once again, an outstanding piece of poetry combined with moving dance music.
He just doesn't seem to be able to put out a record with material that's not going to make it. This one is no exception. You'll love it, just as much as any other Juan Luis Guerra algum you might already have. If you don't have any other albums by him, it can be an excellent album to start collecting his music.
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Despues de un tiempo de estar alejado del estudio de grabacion, Juan Luis Guerra, el mejor compositor de merengue del mundo, regreso con una grabacion fabulosa, que reune nuevamente su poesia y su sabor.
Pareciera no saber lanzar al mercado albumes que no sean perfectos. Este no es la excepcion. Te encantara tanto como cualquier otro album que tengas de el. Si no tienes ninguno, este puede ser un muy buen album para empezar tu coleccion de Juan Luis Guerra.
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"Ni es lo Mismo, Ni es Igual" é, sem dúvida, o melhor álbum de Juan Luis Guerra. Cada uma das 11 faixas do CD prova o seu perfeccionismo quando ele faz música.
Os 4 merengues (1, 2, 5 e 9) são dos melhores que já compôs (destaque para "El Niágara en bicicleta"). A salsa "Quisiera" (faixa 4) é deliciosa (veja também a versão balada dela em "Colección Romantica" de 2001).
As bachatas aqui ("La hormiguita" e "Palomita blanca") são as melhores e mais românticas dele. Falando em romantismo, completam o CD as lindas faixas 7, 8 e 10 ("Testimonio", "Amapola" e "Sobremesa", respectivamente) e a última música, uma versão de "Amor de conuco", apenas violão e voz, ótima!
Juan Luis Guerra é um músico de primeira qualidade. Suas composições são harmoniosas, perfeitas e toca nossos corações profundamente - seja com merengues, bachatas, salsas, baladas... Não deixe de apreciar seus outros trabalhos ("Para Ti" de 2004, por exemplo, tem ótimos merengues), nos quais NÃO vejo músicas que pudesse descartar, jogar fora, ou seja, não tem música-lixo (e tem muuuuita música assim em nossos dias... em espanhol, português, inglês... arghh!).
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It is true that in the JLG's discography there have been better works, but still this record is a masterpiece. The lyrics are superb, with lots of beutiful poetry and metaphores that really get to one's heart. Music is also great, specially the agressive merengue songs like "El Niagara en Bicicleta", "Mi PC", " Vale la Pena ", "El primo" that mix along with the beautiful Bachatas, which the best are "Palomita Blanca" and "La hormiguita". From a great artist, a great album, definitely.
Es cierto que no es el mejor trabajo de Juan Luis Guerra, pero es una obra de arte. La letra de las canciones conserva la poesía metafórica que lo caracteriza, y que llega al corazón definitivamente. De la música, el merengue de Guerra sigue siendo agresivo y marcado, y los mejores temas son "El Niagara en Bicicleta", "Mi PC", " Vale la Pena " y "El Primo". Las bachatas no se quedan atrás, y cabe destacar "Palomita Blanca" y "La hormiguita". Aunque es cierto que la versión original de "Amor de Conuco" es superior, esta nueva versión le imprime un toque diferente.
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Juan Luis Guerra nos vuelve a dar un respiro dentro de tanta basura comercial. Por suerte sale al mercado al mismo tiempo que Ricky Martin y otras imagenes para contrabalancear y dejar claro que la belleza en la musica latina todavia se puede rescatar, aun dentro de la avalancha de productos populares.
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I waited weeks for this album to come in from the library and it was well worth the wait. Juan Luis Guerra is truly in a class by himself. He has a clean and beautiful style. It is a great combination of clean percussion and a beautiful, romantic voice. Mr. Guerra also has a great sense of humor and a beautiful poetic style as a songwriter.

I love "Mi PC" (a song that juxtaposes computer lingo with a man's love for his lover), "Hormiguita" (a beautiful ballad), "Niagara en Bicicleta" (a merengue rap that takes a humourous and tongue-in-cheek look at the health care system of the Dominican Republic), the romantic "Testimonio", "Sobremesa", "Amor de Conuco" and the lively and humour "Primo."

If you are tired of all of the techno-based merengue and want to hear lyrics from a sincere and beautiful poet and melodies that compliment them oh so well this is definitely an album for you! What a great introduction to the music of the Dominican Republic. (This is only the tip of the iceberg, of course!)
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