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MTV Unplugged. El Libro De Las Mutaciones (CD/DVD)
MTV Unplugged. El Libro De Las Mutaciones (CD/DVD)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans, this is definitely not the best album for the casual listener..., December 21, 2015
Produced by Enrique Bunbury and recorded at Estudios Churubusco in Mexico city, "El libro de las mutaciones" is Bunbury's sixth official live recording, ninth if one counts 'De cantina en cantina' (2012), 'Cualquier tiempo pasado' (2013) and 'Hijos del pueblo' (2015) With so many live recordings already in his discography, his immediate last two for example, it was not only surprising, but unexpected when he announced his next project would be an Mtv Unplugged. All of this after announcing last year he would temporarily retire from stage to work on other projects, let’s be honest, less than a year off stage to prepare a new album is not retiring, that's quite normal in the music business.

There are several things that feel a little bit 'odd' about this release, it is important to note all of them were intentional (you can refer to an enlightening online interview by Arancha Moreno with Enrique in EfeEme, November 2015) Bunbury decided not to play any of his famous songs or hits, the production sounds more as a studio recording than a live one, he rejected the acoustic format and chose instead an 'organic' (and electric) sound; he also decided not to play any covers (though 'Dos clavos a mis alas' is kind of a cover somehow), all four basic characteristics of an Mtv Unplugged. Most importantly, Enrique asked his band to contain themselves, "La contención fue una de las premisas dictadas a los músicos" (from the above mentioned interview) Regardless, for a band like 'Los Santos Inocentes, this is practically an impossible task; a friend of mine told me a Hammond could never take an electric guitar's place, well, what Rebenaque does in 'El camino del exceso' is simply amazing.

In other words, this album could very well have been titled 'El libro de las mutaciones' without the 'Mtv Unplugged' tag.

Despite the observations aforementioned, it cannot be denied this is a great album, carefully produced to the detail. Despite this, most of the songs feel like more of the same. Allow me to explain: fans of Enrique must be familiar with the fact that every new album is usually accompanied by new versions of classic (sometimes obscure) songs from his prior albums arranged to fit the style of the new album, usually they are but a couple of songs and the treatment is the same, they are often slowed down so the lyrics can take on more protagonism. Think of a song like that x 15 and that is a perfect description of what 'El libro de las mutaciones' is.

With Enrique being friend and collaborator of many great artists and musicians, many were surprised by the selection of guests to accompany him in 'El libro de las mutaciones'; that is a debate I am not interested in. However, this is an area where the album fails to deliver: whether you like the guests or not, they all feel like wasted opportunities for something that could (should) have been much better. Draco Rosa and Leon Larregui are pretty much the only two who are allowed to shine during their participation, with 'El boxeador' actually being one of the highlights of the album in my opinion. The rest of the guests are reduced to background vocals that do not stand out as their voices are overshadowed by Enrique's. Unforgivable to have Juan Pedro Marti's incredible voice wasted in such manner. Enrique also introduces Carla Morrison to the audience as one of the most beautiful voices in Spanish, only to have her do background vocals as he sings most of the song except for one line. Whether the protagonism was intentional or not, these feel like huge wasted opportunities.

The album is really enjoyable if considered as a collection of revisited songs. The track selection is actually one of the best things from it, but it is interesting to note that no songs from his phase with 'El huracán ambulante' were included (with the exception of 'Dos clavos a mis alas' from the collection of demos fans dubbed as 'Flamingos vs Bizarros)… sentimental reasons perhaps?

As a side note, if you are interested in owning the video version, I recommend you go after the Blu-ray (that also includes the CD), the DVD version does included audio options in PCM and Dolby 5.1 but the video compression pixelates the image so much that it can become a distraction while watching it (especially with larger TV sets)

A must for fans, this is definitely not the best album for the casual fan and newcomers (another characteristic from the Mtv unplugged series this album does not share)

Highlights: 'Ahora', 'El boxeador' featuring Draco Rosa, 'El camino del exceso', 'Ven y camina conmigo' featuring Pepe Aguilar.


Infinito
Infinito
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid selection sounding fresher than ever, August 25, 2015
This review is from: Infinito (Audio CD)
Almost a year after his death, Sony Music publishes 'Infinito', the second compilatory in Cerati's discography and the first album to be released after his passing last September 4th 2014.

A CD+DVD, the album includes a selection of songs and some of his video clips that span from 'Amor Amarillo' (1993) to 'Fuerza Natural' (2009) While only his solo career is reviewed, ' + bien', 'Reversiones' and '11 Episodios Sinfonicos' were excluded for some reason (as opposed to 'Canciones elegidas' which did include tracks from both '+bien' and 'Reversiones' back in 2004)

The main question I will try to answer with this review is, for fans who may already own the discography, is 'Infinito' worth getting?

Someone has to say it, the graphic design for this is simply not at the level of prior Cerati albums. Gustavo always made an effort for his album covers to be creative and for them to convey the themes of the songs included (the lens flare coming out of the guitar in 'Ahi vamos' for example) The designers of the cover for this album took the easy way out and designed based upon an idea from fans when Cerati died: a black ribbon shaped as the Infinity symbol. The promotional pictures, even the picture on the back of the CD could have made a better cover in my humble opinion. There are a couple details that almost 'save' the design disaster that is 'Infinito': the poem that Luis Alberto Spinetta wrote for Cerati while he was in a coma and a farewell letter written by Gustavo's mother, Lilian Clark (that references 'Zona de promesas'… powerful stuff)

The track selection is something they did get right. Many emblematic songs are included, 'Te llevo para que me lleves', 'Puente', 'Cosas imposibles', 'La excepcion', 'Fuerza natural', as well as some unexpected surprises like 'Cactus' and 'Sudestada'. Songs like 'Naci para esto' and 'Me quedo aqui' acquire now another meaning and are now sad to listen to. There are omissions as well, 'Rio Babel' and 'Tu locura' come to mind. All in all, fans and newcomers will not be disappointed by the track selection for 'Infinito'. No previously unreleased material is included, one has to assume all that material is being kept fir future releases as it tends to happen in cases like these.

About the DVD… well, in times of high definition are we seriously still getting 4:3 DVDs? The answer in this case is yes. Because many of the early videos included were not recorded in widescreen format they are presented in their original format and compressed to a level that may be unwatchable in large HDTV sets. 'Canciones elegidas' did include live performances and that does not seem to be the case here. Most of Gustavo's videos are included but not all. As with the CD, the same three albums mentioned earlier were not included in the video selection.

For sentimental reasons many people will get this, it is also a great starting point for newcomers as like I said, the track selection is actually pretty good. There is no unreleased music in 'infinito' so, is it worth buying if you already own the official discography? Well, all 19 tracks were remastered by Eduardo Bergallo (sound engineer for Soda Stereo and Gustavo among many others) specifically for this release so that alone may be enough reason to kinda-double-dip. The remaster is obviously more notorious in early tracks from 'Amor amarillo', not so much in the rest of the songs.

A solid selection sounding fresher than ever, Cerati will always be a referent for rock and roll in Spanish. This album demonstrates how incredible his music and lyrics were. A must album for those initiating in his music, the remaster and the sentimental reasons may work with fans of Gustavo…. like it did with me...


Scott-Vincent Borba Anti-Fatigue Concealer Kit with Concealer Anti-Wrinkle CC Cream and Tear-Drop Blending Tool, 02 Medium
Scott-Vincent Borba Anti-Fatigue Concealer Kit with Concealer Anti-Wrinkle CC Cream and Tear-Drop Blending Tool, 02 Medium
Price: $65.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite happy with the results, August 6, 2015
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So after trying it for a few weeks, my mom's impression of the product is quite good. Price is within the average of what this type of products cost, even though this is not a brand she had used before, she was quite happy with the results.

She loved that the texture is not that greasy and was particularly impressed by the included blending tool, she was able to apply the concealer smoothly on her age spots.


Kelty Catalyst 50 Liter Backpack
Kelty Catalyst 50 Liter Backpack
Price: $119.96
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, adjustable and roomy..., July 22, 2015
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Comfortable, adjustable and roomy, it is clear the Kelty Catalyst attempts to fix many of the issues you may find in other similar backpacks, while also offering the straps you would normally expect to find, and succeeds at it. The PefectFIT suspension system does make a difference, by following a set of simple steps, you will make your life easier when using the backpack, it really is that comfortable. Another thing to note is that when we received it we could not believe how light it was for a backpack this size and with so many features.

While light, it seems sturdy enough and seems quite durable, though for a backpack on this price range, a water-proof feature would have been a nice added value, don't get me wrong, this offers a lot of value for the price, it was just kind of disappointing to see that it is not fully waterproof, considering the intended use one would give to this type of backpacks.


Monster SuperStar BackFloat High Definition Bluetooth Waterproof Floating Speaker - Black and Light Blue
Monster SuperStar BackFloat High Definition Bluetooth Waterproof Floating Speaker - Black and Light Blue
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for a speaker with the waterproof feature..., July 22, 2015
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This has to be the lightest Bluetooth speaker I have owned, surprisingly, the sound that comes from it is amazing for a device that does not look as sturdy as other similar products. The box also includes a nice looking small pouch for you to carry it around.

The one problem I did find is that the cable included to charge the speaker is a USB cable, which pretty much requires it to be plugged to a computer to charge it, which to me, is quite impractical. Granted, you can buy separately an adapter so you can plug to an outlet and avoid having to use a computer, for the price, I would have expected that adapter to be included.

I have actually tested the waterproof functionality and can confirm no issues at all until now. Like I said before, what surprised me the most is the sound and definition that comes from the speakers. The speaker has a nice modern-neat look, the black and blue combination give it a Tron-like feel.

If you are looking for a speaker with the waterproof feature I can definitely recommend this, but I must also say if your intention is not to use this in a pool or have it exposed to water, you may find a better option for the same price, Just saying from experience.


Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Filigree Pendant Necklace, 18"
Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Filigree Pendant Necklace, 18"
Price: $18.47
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would totally recommend this for any woman at any age., July 2, 2015
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Necklace’s design is sophisticated, elegant, yet, you can use it for casual events.

Comes with the right length chain and it will give a nice touch to any outfit.

I would totally recommend this for any woman at any age.


Zak! Designs Placemat with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Graphics, Set of 4, BPA-free Plastic
Zak! Designs Placemat with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Graphics, Set of 4, BPA-free Plastic
Price: $8.85
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you can expect from them if you have purchased similar items before, July 2, 2015
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Having two kids who are both huge fans of the newest TMNT TV show ordering this product was a no brainer.

The place-mats are everything you can expect from them if you have purchased similar items before: they are made of flexible plastic, they are easy to store and clean.

The design, while pretty cool (I have to confess I am a fan as well), makes me wonder why they would make a set of four and use the same design in all of them? Being four ninja turtles wouldn't it have been better to have each turtle on a separate place-mat? Regardless, my kids loved these!

In looking at the product description and price, it puzzles me that the difference between buying a single place-mat and the set of four is $1… an extra buck gets you 3 additional place-mats?

These are great and it is great that there are other designs available from different movies/shows.


ALABARDAS O.VARIAS ALFAGUA
ALABARDAS O.VARIAS ALFAGUA
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2.0 out of 5 stars More of a stain in an amazing list of works than an actual end to a memorable career, April 23, 2015
While promoting 'Cain', Jose Saramago spoke in several interviews about what would be his next project. He talked about a book that would tell the story of the employees of a weapons manufacturer that would go on a strike and its repercussions. For those of us fans of Saramago the idea sounded promising, unfortunately he would not live to complete the aforementioned and 'Cain' would be his latest book published (while he was still alive)

When it was announced that 'Alabardas' would be released as the unfinished work of Saramago, my first thought was that, as it happened with 'Claraboya' (2011), the publisher and the family were doing it more for the money than out of respect to Saramago's memory. I decided to be fair and buy the book and read it before passing any judgment.

After reading it, I can resume 'Alabardas' in one word: Insulting

Insulting not only to those of us who read his books, but to the memory of one of the best writers of recent times. 'Alabardas' includes the finished three chapters of what would have been a complete book. Everything in the book makes it quite obvious that the publisher attempted to expand and exploit as much as possible to release three chapters at the price of a complete book. From the hardcover to the font size, the margins on the pages are absurdly large, there are highlighted phrases inside those margins and many pages are filled with art from Gunter Grass. To add more insult the book is expanded by texts from Roberto Saviano and Fernando Gomez Aguilera.

The chapters included here do introduce the main characters, but the story does not even get started when you have the notes from Saramago himself that explain what could potentially happen further in the book and what the final words would be, many of these are one-liners that add no value whatsoever. While the stories in Saramago's books can sometimes be resumed in a couple lines, it is the characters and their journey that make them relatable and enjoyable. All those little details and perks are missing here, which is understandable, it's only three chapters. The only good thing about all this is that at least, the publisher is being honest in promoting this as an unfinished work, so readers like myself already know what they are walking into prior to reading.

In the end, this book is more of a stain in an amazing list of works than an actual end to a memorable career. I would recommend you borrow the book from someone of wait for an eventual price drop


Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread
Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread
by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Hardcover
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt a must read for fans of Chuck Palahniuk, the rest of us should approach with caution…, April 23, 2015
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"Build it. Burn it. Build it. Burn it. Worship and Destroy. The festival was civilization on Fast-Forward."
- Torcher

While I was familiar with Chuck Palahniuk, from the movie 'Fight Club', I had never read any of his books. A friend of mine, who is a longtime fan, always suggested that if I was to read one of his books I should approach it with caution. I decided to start this review by sharing the advise he gave me years ago.

'Make something up' is a compilation of 22 stories written throughout a decade (I understand some of these have been published before) As such, some of these tales suffer when compared to one another, there are some very good ones and some others feel like filler material. The opening story, 'Knock, knock', does a great job preparing the readers on what to expect from the rest of the book, what at first seems like a heart-warming story about a guy and his father, turns into a chaotic situation in the end.

The product description labels these stories as funny, caustic, bizarre and poignant. In my opinion? Those labels fall short to describe this work. Some of these stories you will wish you could unread. After reading the book and actually enjoying most of it I found myself wondering what does that say about me?

Either way, the humor and social commentary I enjoyed so much from 'Fight Club' is present throughout the book. Characters questioning their purpose and very existence while committing the most devious acts (some in the name of love) are the common denominator in these stories.

I do not mean to spoil anything so I don't want to get into details, having said that, 'Expedition' is being mentioned everywhere as it represents the return of Tyler Durden in a story prior to 'Fight Club', do not go into it expecting too much like I did, the story is quite god but my expectation was so high that the end result was a little bit underwhelming. There are some other good stories in this book, 'Zombies' is one of them, 'Why Coyote never had money for parking', 'Torcher' and my favorite, 'Inclinations'.

Enjoyable overall, it is without a doubt a must read for fans of Chuck Palahniuk, the rest of us should approach with caution...


Hijos Del Pueblo
Hijos Del Pueblo
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible not to think what could have been, but what it is, is incredible already, April 22, 2015
This review is from: Hijos Del Pueblo (Vinyl)
Enrique Bunbury and Andres Calamaro's friendship has never been a secret, even though they are quite different in their own, they have plenty of things in common. Last year when it was announced they would tour together in Mexico, only 9 dates were confirmed. The format of those concerts was as follows: Andres would open and perform his complete set, then Enrique and his band would close with theirs. The encore would see both artists along 'Los Santos Inocentes' performing "mano a mano" a setlist they rehearsed prior to the tour in Leon, Guanajuato MX.

By the time the tour took place (October and November 2014), they both had confirmed live albums to be released by the end of 2014. Enrique released 'Madrid Area 51' and Calamaro did the same with 'Jamon del medio' and 'Purasangre'. Because of this, it was not clear if there was any record of their tour to be released. Today, the 10 songs of that setlist they prepared in Leon are released under the name 'Hijos del pueblo'

Just to think of the possibilities of seeing these two perform together was exciting, I had the opportunity to attend one of the concerts and while I'll admit it was an amazing show with an incredible performance, I found the setlist to be quite underwhelming. This does not mean the setlist was not good, it was incredible, but it is clear it was designed to please their target audience without taking any risks (their repertoire is so vast and they went for songs they even had recorded together before!). Regardless, the result (now compiled in this album) is a must for anyone who grew listening to rock in Spanish.

The setlist includes classics from their former bands ('Maldito duende', 'Sin documentos'), hits from their solo careers (‘Estadio azteca’, ‘Infinito’), some covers they have performed throughout the years (‘Apuesta por el r‘n’r’, ‘Aunque no sea conmigo’, ‘Copa rota’, 'El hijo del pueblo', 'Te solte la rienda') and the jewel of the release, a tribute to Gustavo Cerati, who passed away in September 2014, in the form of an amazing version of 'Crimen', which respects the original arrangements but adds a (now) memorable text of Jose Hernandez (from 'Martin Fierro') to the lyrics.

Impossible not to think what could have been, but what it is, is incredible already. It is clear by listening to the album that there is chemistry between these two, in the way they interact while alternating verses; considering not all 10 songs were performed in every concert so they could change the final encore in different cities, this is a great opportunity to listen to all tracks, especially those in other countries who did not have the opportunity to see them live. The tracks were (obviously) mastered for this release, as a result, at times it sounds as if recorded in a studio… not ideal for a supposedly live recording but it cannot be denied that the quality of the production invested in this album makes it one of the best releases of 2015 (so far)

A DVD/BR would have been a welcome addition, but for 10 songs it is understandable it was not even considered. The cherry on top of the release is the art Alvaro P-FF designed for the tour, which makes for an absolutely amazing cover. 'Hijos del pueblo' can be found in CD and Vinyl+CD (a beautiful red vinyl)

Highly recommended.


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