Paraíso Express

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Paraíso Express
Paraisoexpress.jpg
Studio album by Alejandro Sanz
ReleasedNovember 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)
Recorded2008-2009
StudioBerkeley Street Studio
(Santa Monica, California)
Cutting Cane Studio
(Davie, Florida)
Jet Wash Studio
Picks & Hammers
Studio Paradiso
The Hit Factory-Critiera
(Miami, Florida)
The Tiki Room
(Pembroke Pines, Florida)
GenreLatin pop · Pop rock · Latin music · Latin rock · Alternative rock
Length42:17
LanguageSpanish and English
LabelWEA Latina
ProducerTommy Torres
Alejandro Sanz chronology
El Tren de los Momentos: En Vivo Desde Buenos Aires
(2007)
Paraíso Express
(2009)
Canciones Para Un Paraíso En Vivo
(2010)
Singles from Paraíso Express
  1. "Looking for Paradise"
    Released: September 21, 2009 (2009-09-21)
  2. "Desde Cuándo"
    Released: January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11)
  3. "Nuestro Amor Será Leyenda"
    Released: April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)
  4. "Lola Soledad"
    Released: July 12, 2010 (2010-07-12)

Paraíso Express is the ninth studio album recorded by Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz. It was released by WEA Latina on November 10, 2009, (see 2009 in music) and was produced by Tommy Torres, mixed by Bob Clearmountain, mastered by Ted Jensen. This album is the follow-up to the Grammy Award-winning albums No Es lo Mismo (2003) and El Tren de los Momentos (2006). All the tracks included were written by Sanz, along with several writers, a first for the singer, and also the first album without help by Emmanuele Rufinengo and Lulo Pérez, his longtime producing team. Paraíso Express received a nomination for an Album of the Year and won Best Male Pop Vocal Album at the 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. It is also won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album in the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2011.

Background information[edit]

In July 2009, Alejandro Sanz confirmed through his official website that he was finalizing the details of his long-awaited new album, the first since 2006, El Tren de los Momentos, which was awarded with the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album and sold 120,000 units in United States.[1] In one of his posts, the singer broadcast a video that showed Sanz and American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys recording a music video in New York. Keys also made public the fact that she was featured on both a video and a song with Sanz, through her Twitter account.[2] The remaining details of the album recording were a mystery.[2] The only fact revealed was that Tommy Torres would be producing the album.[2] Furthermore, Sanz was focused during this time on the preparation of a live performance along Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes on July 26 in Honduras.[2] Before the release of the first single, Sanz asked to his fans and friends to send him to his website their ideas about paradise. "I was surprised that everyone was talking nearby havens that have to do with family, friends", stressed the composer during the press conference held for the album presentation.[3] The album title was made public on September 4, 2009.[4] The song "Looking for Paradise" was premiered on a fan club members-only section of Sanz's official site on September 18, 2009. In the track both singers performs lyrics in English and Spanish.[1]

Singles[edit]

The first single yielded from the album, "Looking for Paradise", was preceded by a viral campaign in which fans and friends of the artist were asked to send him ideas of paradise. The song, a collaboration with American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, became another number-one hit for Sanz in the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart, and the first for Keys in this chart. The album debuted at the top of the charts in Spain and the Latin charts in United States, and eventually peaked at number-one in México. "Desde Cuándo" was released as the second single of the album in 2010.

Style[edit]

It is more of a rock album than my past releases, with more elegant and positive lyrics and a happier and more rhythmic spirit.

Alejandro Sanz, Billboard Magazine[1]

This album marks Sanz' return to the light-hearted and melancholy song styles he had in his 2000 album El Alma al Aire, after going through more experimental or alternative stages in his two previous albums. According to Sanz, the songs included on Paraíso Express are the happiest of his career as a songwriter, but they are not "autobiographical" or "have a lot of his life", they are "common themes and attitudes of people."[3] "Mi Peter Punk", deals with the issue of "those people who does not enjoy the stages of life"; "Hice Llorar Hasta los Angeles", refers to the author religious beliefs; "Lola Soledad" is a tribute to a very special woman in his life; and "Looking for Paradise" is about the search for a paradise for everyone of us.[3] With Paraíso Express traded his trademark flamenco arrangements and Latin percussion beats, in order to get closer to a pop and British rock style. Sanz said that this was something different, "it could be a step forward or backward."[3] On his work relationship with Torres, Sanz told: "Tommy did a perfect interpretation in that sense. Everything flowed in a very natural way."[1]

The songs were recorded in Barcelona, Spain, and "Looking for Paradise" in New York City on Alicia Keys recording places and studio. When Sanz revealed the track listing and the official cover for the album, he said that the album was almost soft rock, and the music is more happy and calmed that the past albums.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Mi Peter Punk"Alejandro Sanz · Tommy TorresTommy Torres3:45
2."Desde Cuándo" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)Alejandro Sanz · Tommy TorresTommy Torres3:55
3."Looking for Paradise" (featuring Alicia Keys)Alejandro Sanz · Tommy Torres · Alicia KeysTommy Torres4:33
4."Yo Hice Llorar Hasta los Ángeles" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)Alejandro Sanz · Tommy TorresTorres4:10
5."Sin Qué Se Note"Alejandro Sanz · Tommy TorresTommy Torres4:26
6."Lola Soledad"Alejandro Sanz · Tommy TorresTommy Torres3:33
7."Pero Esta Tarde No Te Vas"Alejandro Sanz · Tommy TorresTorres4:22
8."Mala"Alejandro Sanz · Tommy Torres · Dan WarnerTorres4:16
9."Tú No Tienes la Culpa" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)Alejandro SanzTommy Torres4:39
10."Nuestro Amor Será Leyenda"Alejandro Sanz · Tommy TorresTommy Torres4:40

Charts and sales[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Herrera, Monica (2009-09-22). "Alejandro Sanz recruits Alicia Keys, Sets Date for 'Paradise'". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  2. ^ a b c d "El adelanto del nuevo disco de Alejandro Sanz será un dueto con Alicia Keys" (in Spanish). los40.com. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  3. ^ a b c d "Alejandro Sanz: del flamenco al pop anglosajón con 'Paraíso Express'" (in Spanish). lavozlibre.com. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  4. ^ "El nuevo disco de Alejandro Sanz se llamará 'Paraíso Express'" (in Spanish). popelera.net. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  5. ^ "Mexican Albums Chart". lescharts.com. 2009-11-28. Archived from the original on 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  6. ^ "Spanish Albums Chart". lescharts.com. 2009-11-15. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  7. ^ a b c "Latin Albums". billboard.com. 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  8. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Alejandro Sanz – Paraiso Express". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.
  9. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Type Alejandro Sanz in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and Paraiso Expresso in the box under TÍTULO
  10. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Alejandro Sanz – Paraiso Express" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Select album under "Chart", enter the certification year in the field "Year". Select the certification month in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".