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Sweet & Sour, Hot & Spicy [Import]

Ely GuerraAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Argentina
  • ASIN: B00070FVQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Te Amo, I Love You
2. Ojos Claros, Labios Rosas
3. Pa-Ra-Tí
4. Mas Bonita
5. Lucrecia y Rigoberto
6. Angelito Heart
7. Mi Playa
8. El Colchón
9. Tu Boca
10. Puerto Vallarta
11. Bésame
12. Quiéreme Mucho

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Evolution from Ely ((War)) Guerra April 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In her fourth album Ely comes full circle with another one of her musical evolutions! She puts a little bit of everything in this new album. Unlike her previous cds where she sticks to one style, here Ely has two completley different cds combined in one( that is why she has the digipack ediction wich LITERALLY is two cds). Each song can be classified in its own genre, which demonstrates that Guerra is not afraid to flow in more than one direction, musically speaking. This cd is about evolving and evolution can be slow or it can be VERY radical, just as this album is Ely's most intensely radical cd. Her English can use a little work, but it doesn't weaken the meaning behind the songs. Highly recommend the cd for those who are not afraid of experimentation and radical changes; this is Ely Guerra's most intense moment in her career and personally speaking this cd is the one that will help her gain a little bit more commercial success. Lotofire obviously started this process, but Sweet & Sour, Hot Y Spicy will take it to the next level.

****For those who really want to see this authentic artist at her best, see her play these songs live and you will truely appreciate the album. I didn't appreciate the English songs until I saw her perform them in one of her concerts in San Francisco, Ca USA. The same may be for some of those who are having trouble with these same songs or other songs in the album > ;)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Solid Work November 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I must agree with another commentator about giving this album "some time." I am a HUGE Ely fan, and fell in love with here when I heard her previous album LOTOFIRE, which I still consider her best. When I first heard this new production I hated it, but found that some of the songs lingered in my head... So I decided to listen to it more, and now have grown to appreciate what Ely has done.

What can I say? As with Julieta Venegas, love does things to songwriters, afterall, they are human beings people! Change and happiness isn't necessarily downfall however...

This album is bouncy and playful, and Ely fluctutates, within the same song, with coos and yells. However, it is delicately orchestrated to be this way, and the result is good. It is something different, definitely experimental, and with more rock and pop sounds than her previous work.

I gave it four stars because of two reasons. She does one English song that is quite shockingly HORRIBLE(ANGELITO HEART(?)) and ruins the mood of the album, since it is in the middle. Another problem is the never ending sounds great at first, but she does it in EVERY song and it gets a little old.

Overall, I do recommend the album. You can tell that Ely has found a large part of herself, though is still in the process of COMPLETELY finding herself. She seems to be experimenting lots with her music- all of her albums are very different.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious mixture of rhythms, voices and styles! September 16, 2004
By Ernesto
Format:Audio CD
It is almost impossible, and certainly a major challenge, to surpass yourself when you have a record like "Lotofire" in your resume. But Ely Guerra finds the way in a very unexpected turn of the wheel. While "Lotofire" was intimate, circular, introspective, conceptual and highly complex, "Sweet & Sour, Hot y Spicy" is extrovert, simpler, charming, and invites the listener to change from song to song in every imaginable aspect.

The title couldn't be more appropiated. Ely's vocals are incredibly diverse: she roars in "Te Amo-I Love You", whispers in "Angelito Heart", provokes in "Puerto Vallarta", enchants in "PaRaTi" and evokes nostalgia in "Quiereme Mucho".

Likewise, the rhythms and the instruments used are constantly surprising. There's a latin jazz ("Besame"), a bolero ("Mi Playa"), a lovely ballad ("Angelito Heart"), and even a folkloric tune that will make you go dance ("Lucrecia Y Rigoberto").

There are two songs in english that Ely sings with such confidence ("Puerto Vallarta", "Angelito Heart"), that it's hard not to think that her next album could be completely sung in english. It should be.

Ely's talent as a mexican musician who avoids the cliché of using her hispanic roots to make music (Julieta Venegas, Lila Downs, Café Tacvba), is one of a kind.

In that sense, "Sweet & Sour, Hot y Spicy" is one of the few mexican albums that's not afraid to look forward into making universal music.

It's completeley different from "Lotofire", but equally interesting and powerful. And that's a triumph for Ms. Guerra.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Yet again Ely Guerra has composed an amazing album. True this is a substantially different sound than her previous albums, and it did take me a while to appreciate Sweet and Sour, Hot and Spicy on its own merits. But wow, I spent all weekend listening to the CD and it doesn't get old. In fact, the more I listened to it the more I appreciated the subtle nuances of each song and the way they flowed from one song to the next. This album has a happier light hearted feel to it with definite 50's/60's pop/bolero influences. Ely's voice continues to shine as she sends you into a trance with her sultry voice. I can't reccomend this album enough, I've played it for all of my friends and they have all fallen in love with Ely. Just be aware, this is not the same Ely Guerra sound you heard in Lotofire or Pa Morirse de Amor, this is a new happier Ely and every bit as good as her previous albums.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensual, Sexy, Sweet, and Spicy
Ely Guerra is one of the only true Mexican female rockers out there. She really knows how to rock, don't expect just soft rock. One of the most unique in her craft. Read more
Published on July 21, 2006 by Roberto Carlos Martinez (Author)
4.0 out of 5 stars sensualidad + inteligencia = Ely Guerra
Armonia; rabia; sensualidad; nostalgia; alegria... este nuevo trabajo de Ely guerra provoca todos estos sentidos. Read more
Published on March 22, 2006 by Orlando Abreu
3.0 out of 5 stars Similar to Julieta Venegas and Andrea Echeverri... but flat and...
I first heard of Ely Guerra when she released the single "Tengo Frio". Her sound was compelling and sexy. I was immediately attracted to her music. Read more
Published on March 5, 2006 by Manny Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Best work of La Guerra
I am a huge fan of Ely since her first record, she is my favorite Mexican singer ever, I love hearing her voice, she sounds like an angel, and she is very feminine. Read more
Published on November 23, 2005 by Daniel Palacios Sandoval
3.0 out of 5 stars un cd medio aburrido
por el primer sencillo yo pense que todo el disco iba a ser asi pero esta medio calmado y da como que un poco de flojera oirlo otra vez
Published on October 2, 2005 by Manuel Romero
1.0 out of 5 stars * ELY GUERRA IS NO P.J. HARVEY *
After listening to her CD I was extremely disapointed with her work. I would not recomend anyone to buy this CD unles you dont mind being a monotone state. Read more
Published on June 23, 2005 by P. Mena
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet & Sour, Hot Y Spicy
Unlike the other reviewers who have listened to Ely's previous CD's, this is the first Ely Guerra CD that I have listened to and I am impressed. Read more
Published on October 26, 2004 by Gustavo Rojo
1.0 out of 5 stars EFFORTLESS
I selected this album to listen to based on a review from the LA Times advising how seductive and worth the wait it was. Read more
Published on October 21, 2004 by SANTA MARIA
5.0 out of 5 stars El cambio no siempre es malo.
Para muchos de nosotros que somos fieles seguidores de La Guerra, sabemos que a Ely le gusta cambiar su estilo de musica (y look) con cada disco que saca. Read more
Published on October 8, 2004 by Flor Azul
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it time
It took a little while for this album to grow on me, but it finally did. At first listen, I hated it, I was totally expecting another Lotofire, and this is almost the exact... Read more
Published on October 6, 2004 by Ed
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