Ni es lo mismo ni es igual

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Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual
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Studio album by Juan Luis Guerra
Released December 15, 1998
Recorded 1997
Genre Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Acoustic
Length 37:24
Label KAREN
Producer Juan Luis Guerra
Juan Luis Guerra chronology
Fogaraté
(1994)
Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual
(1998)
Colección Romantica
(2001)
Singles from Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual
  1. "Mi PC"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Palomita Blanca"
    Released: 1998
  3. "El Niágara en Bicicleta"
    Released: 1999
  4. "La Hormiguita"
    Released: 1999

Ni Es lo Mismo Ni Es Igual (Spanish: Neither Is It The Same Nor Is It Equal) is the eighth studio album released by Dominican singer/songwriter Juan Luis Guerra and his backup vocals 4-40 in December 1998. The album production and song writing were done by Guerra himself. The album peaked #4 on the Top Latin Albums and #2 on the Tropical Albums chart and received a gold certification for selling over 400,000 copies. Two singles from the album reached #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart. The album was well received by critics; it received two Latin Grammy Awards as well as a nomination for Album of the Year.

Background[edit]

Juan Luis Guerra stated that his style of music was influenced by The Beatles, American rock, folk, R&B, jazz, and traditional Dominican music.[1] His style of songwriting has been known to take on a poetic feel and address romantic and social issues.[2] Guerra started his career with the release of Soplando. His fifth studio album, Bachata Rosa, received a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Album.[3] KAREN, a Dominican-independent record label,[4] was involved with Guerra's previous albums and helped produced Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual. According to Guerra, he remained with KAREN because they gave him the opportunity to set up his own recording schedule.[2]

Writing and composition[edit]

For Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual, Guerra continues his aforementioned take on songs about love and social issues. "El Niágara en Bicicleta" takes on the impossibility of obtaining medical treatment in a third world hospital, and compares it to crossing Niagara Falls on a bicycle. He based the song on a trip to a hospital in which the equipment were either unavailable or broken down.[5] The song "Mi PC" combines lyrics and the sound of merengue to compare a woman to a personal computer.[6] "Quisiera" is a salsa theme song that was co-written by Guerra and Colombian songwriter Kike Santander.[7] Guerra also produced ballad songs for the album such as "Testimonio" and "Amapola".[8] In addition, Guerra remade "Amor de Conuco" from his album, Mientras Más Lo Pienso...Tú,[9] into a ballad version.[10]

Commercial release[edit]

Album[edit]

Ni Es Lo Mismo Es Igual was released on December 15, 1998, four years after his previous album, Fogaraté, in 1994. The album debuted and peaked at #4 on Top Latin Albums, where it remained for two non-consecutive weeks.[11] On the Tropical Albums chart, the album also debuted and peaked at #2 for four consecutive weeks, in which the #1 spot was being held off by Elvis Crespo's Suavemente.[12] As of July 2004, the album has sold over 400,000 copies.[13]

Singles[edit]

Four singles were released from the album. The first single, "Mi PC", reached #1 on Hot Latin Tracks and became his second song to reach #1 on the chart.[14] The second single, "Palomita Blanca" (Little White Dove), also reached #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.[15] The third single, "El Niágara en Bicicleta", peaked at #2 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.[16] The fourth and final single, "La Hormiguita" (The Little Ant), only made the Latin Pop Airplay chart, peaking at #33.[17]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[8]
Wilson & Alroy's 4/5 stars[10]

Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual was met with positive reaction from critics. Evan Gutierrez of Allmusic gave the album a five-star rating, commenting that "Guerra offers delightful surprise in song after song."[8] David Wilson of Wilson & Alroy's gave the album a four-star rating, stating that, "after four years off, Guerra's melodic and lyrical gifts hadn't dissipated at all."[10] On the other hand, he called the re-recording of "Amor de Conuco" a "devastating remake".[10] Guerra expressed his surprise at the success of the album and compared it to one of his earlier albums, Bachata Rosa.[2]

On the 42nd Grammy Awards, the album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Performance, which it lost to Tiempos by Ruben Blades.[18] At the first Latin Grammy Awards in 2000, the album received two Latin Grammy Awards for "Best Merengue Performance" and "Best Engineered Album".[19] The album was also nominated for Album of the Year, which it lost to Luis Miguel's Amarte Es Un Placer.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Juan Luis Guerra. 

No. Title Length
1. "Mi PC"   3:16
2. "Vale la Pena"   3:27
3. "La Hormiguita"   3:04
4. "Quisiera"   3:50
5. "El Niágara en Bicicleta"   4:25
6. "Palomita Blanca"   3:44
7. "Testimonio"   4:18
8. "Amapola"   3:05
9. "El Primo"   3:47
10. "Sobremesa"   1:19
11. "Amor de Conuco (Bonus Track)"   3:09
Total length:
37:24

Credits and personnel[edit]

The following credits are from Allmusic. [21]

Performance credits[edit]

Technical credits[edit]