Próxima Estación: Esperanza

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Próxima Estación: Esperanza
Proxima Estacion Esperanza.jpg
Studio album by
Released5 June 2001 (US)
LabelVirgin Records
ProducerRenaud Letang
Manu Chao chronology
Próxima Estación: Esperanza
Radio Bemba Sound System
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
DownBeat4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]
Uncut4/5 stars[6]
The Village VoiceA[7]

Próxima Estación: Esperanza (English: Next Stop: Hope) is an album by Manu Chao. It was released in Europe in 2001. It was released in the United States on 5 June 2001 on Virgin Records. Chao and others sing in Arabic, English, French, Galician, Portuguese and Spanish on this album. The backing track to "Homens", a tight rap about various kinds of men, written and performed by Brazilian journalist (and Chao's friend) Valeria dos Santos Costa, is identical to the backing track for "Bongo Bong", Chao's successful single from four years earlier; however, in the short documentary film Infinita tristeza (included within the bonus section of his 2002 live DVD Babylonia en Guagua), Chao stated that "Homens" was the song for which the well-known backing track was originally recorded. The final song on the album, "Infinita Tristeza", does not contain any vocals by Chao, but it consists of the same backing track as "Me Gustas Tú", over which several samples and soundbites are layered; most of them come from a cartoon-based TV documentary film about pregnancy and childbirth, produced in 1977 by TVE and aimed at children.[8] A number of voice samples from the documentary are looped and repeated throughout the track in Chao's typical fragmented style.

The album title comes from a sample of an announcement for the Esperanza station of Madrid Metro's Line 4; in Spanish "esperanza" means "hope". Another Line 4 station, named Avenida de la Paz [literally "Peace Avenue"] is also mentioned several times on the album, but the two stations are actually several blocks apart, and the sample used by Chao actually consists of two separate announcements pasted together. The voice actor Javier Dotú and a Metro announcer later sued for infringement of intellectual property rights over the use of their voices.[9]

Próxima Estación: Esperanza received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance.[10] In 2010 Esperanza was listed at #65 in Rolling Stone's "Best Albums of the Decade."[11] In 2012, the album listed at No. 474 on the Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Manu Chao, except where noted.

1."Merry Blues"English3:36
3."El Dorado 1997" (Chao, François Meslouhi, Tito Velez)Portuguese1:29
5."La Primavera"Spanish1:52
6."Me Gustas Tú"4:00
8."Mi Vida"Spanish2:32
9."Trapped by Love"English1:54
10."Le Rendez-Vous"1:56
11."Mr. Bobby"English3:49
13."La Chinita"Spanish1:33
14."La Marea"Mexican Spanish2:16
15."Homens" (Chao, Valeria dos Santos Costa)Brazilian Portuguese3:18
16."La Vacaloca"Spanish2:23
17."Infinita Tristeza"Spanish3:56

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[13] Platinum 40,000^
Belgium (BEA)[14] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[16] 3× Platinum 900,000*
Greece (IFPI Greece)[17] Gold 15,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[18] Gold 40,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[20] 3× Platinum 120,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum (Latin) 100,000^
Europe (IFPI)[23] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*
Worldwide N/A 3,000,000[24]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ "Manu Chao: Próxima Estación: Esperanza". DownBeat. October 2001. pp. 70–71.
  3. ^ Tangari, Joe (30 July 2008). "Manu Chao: Estacion Proxima: Esperanza / Radio Bemba Sound System". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  4. ^ Hunter, James (2 August 2001). "Manu Chao: Proxima Estacion". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 13 May 2003.
  5. ^ Kun, Josh (August 2001). "Manu Chao: Próxima Estación: Esperanza". Spin. Vol. 17 no. 8. pp. 133–134. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Manu Chao: Próxima Estación: Esperanza". Uncut. No. 52. September 2001. p. 88.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (16 October 2001). "Consumer Guide: Unpatriotic?! Moi?". The Village Voice. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  8. ^ Mentioned within the liner notes in the CD booklet.
  9. ^ EFE (18 November 2002). "Un actor y una locutora del Metro demandan a Manu Chao por derechos de propiedad intelectual". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 November 2007.
  10. ^ "List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times. 5 January 2002. p. 3. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s". Rolling Stone. Album of The Year. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  12. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2001". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion". Music Canada.
  16. ^ "French album certifications – Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  17. ^ "Top 50 Ξένων Άλμπουμ" (in Greek). IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on 6 October 2002. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Proxima Estacion in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  19. ^ "Discos de platino y oro 2000". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  20. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Manu Chao; 'Proxima Estacion')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Proxima Estacion in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH. 
  23. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2003". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
  24. ^ Culshaw, Peter (13 September 2007). "10 reasons why Manu Chao is global pop's most important star". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2018.