Nada personal (album)

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Nada Personal
Nada Personal (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 1985
RecordedEstudios Moebio, Buenos Aires, 1985
GenreNew wave, post-punk
Length40:28
LabelDiscos CBS
ProducerSoda Stereo
Soda Stereo chronology
Soda Stereo
(1984)
Nada Personal
(1985)
Signos
(1986)
Singles from Nada personal
  1. "Imágenes Retro"
    Released: January 1985 (ARG)
  2. "Nada Personal"
    Released: October 4, 1985
  3. "Cuando pase el temblor"
    Released: October 30, 1985 (CR)
  4. "Juegos de Seducción"
    Released: December 2, 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]

Nada Personal (Spanish for "Nothing Personal") is the second album recorded by Argentine rock band Soda Stereo, and released in 1985. It was recorded at Estudios Moebio in Buenos Aires, Argentina and remastered in 2007 at Sterling Sound Studios in New York.

"Nada Personal" provided the band with at least three successful singles, which became the breakout songs for the band all over Hispano-America. The album showed Soda Stereo in a new musical direction focused mainly on the British New Wave style. The most successful singles from the album were "Juegos De Seducción" (Games of Seduction/Seduction Games), "Nada Personal" (Nothing Personal) and "Cuando pase el temblor" (When the Earthquake Ends). Those songs enjoyed strong airplay during 1985 and 1986, primarily in Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay and Chile.

Such successful songs were performed live twice at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival held in Chile in February, 1987. Many people (including music journalists) consider these two shows very historic.[2][3]

Background[edit]

The album was recorded and mixed at the Moebio studios in the city of Buenos Aires (Argentina) with technician Mariano López as sound engineer.

Nada Personal also presents, in some songs, the intention of the band to explore new sounds, as in "Estoy Azulado", a song that begins with a climactic sax introduction by Gonzalo Palacios, and in "Cuando pase el temblor", theme that mixes rock with Andean music typical of northwestern Argentina. Without abandoning the "danceable" rhythms, this second LP achieved more depth in the lyrics and maturity in the melodies. Therefore, this album showed an evolution of the band towards an increasingly more own style.

Well received by critics, it meant a huge increase in popularity for the band. In Argentina alone, it sold around 180,000 copies in the first few months. The disc meant the definitive consecration of Soda Stereo before the Argentine public.

In June 1986, Soda Stereo decided to record a video clip of the song "Cuando pase el temblor". This is recorded in the ruins of Pucará, in Tilcara, Jujuy, under the direction of Alfredo Lois.

Gustavo Cerati comments on the album:

"The advent of reverberation chambers and eighties sound tricks. On this record I started to learn how to make songs."

Promotion[edit]

During the southern summer of 1986, the group toured the Argentine tourist centers to present the album, playing in Mar del Plata, Villa Gesell and Pinamar, also adding a consecration concert at the La Falda Festival, in Córdoba, in which featured the participation of Andrés Calamaro and Charly García as guest keyboardists on the song "¿Por qué no puedo ser del Jet-Set?".

In April 1986, 22,000 spectators burst through the four performances that served to officially present the album at the Obras Sanitarias Stadium in Buenos Aires. In the first of the functions, a long live video is recorded. This video would be called Nada Personal en Obras and would be edited months later.

After the concerts performed at Obras, the sales of the album began to rise rapidly, going from the gold record, which they had achieved during the summer, to platinum, and reaching double that figure in the following months.

At the end of that same year, the first Latin American tour took place, covering Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Chile, Venezuela and Paraguay.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Nada personal" (Nothing Personal) (Cerati) – 4:57
  2. "Si no fuera por..." (If It Wasn't For...) (Cerati / Bosio / Alberti) – 3:29
  3. "Cuando pase el temblor" (When The tremor Ends) (Cerati)– 3:48
  4. "Danza rota" (Broken Dance) (Cerati) – 3:35
  5. "El cuerpo del delito" (Corpus Delicti) (Cerati / Bosio) – 3:50
  6. "Juego de seducción" (Seduction Game) (Cerati) – 3:21
  7. "Estoy azulado" (I'm Blue) (Coleman / Cerati)  – 5:21
  8. "Observándonos (Satélites)" (Observing Us (Satellites)) (Cerati / Bosio) – 3:09
  9. "Imágenes retro" (Retro-Images) (Cerati / Alberti)  – 3:55
  10. "Ecos" (Echoes) (Cerati)  – 4:58

Personnel[edit]

Soda Stereo
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nada personal at AllMusic
  2. ^ "La Historia del Rock Argentino 1965-1985 (Soda Stereo)" (in Spanish). lahistoriadelrock.com.ar. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  3. ^ "SODA STEREO - Festival de VIÑA DEL MAR / Chile - Primera Noche 11-02-1987 / Parte 1 video". NME. United Kingdom. Retrieved 2014-01-29.

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