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Ananda Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (19 Sept. 2006)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000HWXR9M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,534,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ni Una Sola Palabra
  2. Nada Puede Cambiarme
  3. Ayudame
  4. N.O.
  5. Que Me Voy A Quedar
  6. Aunque No Sea Conmigo
  7. No Te Cambio
  8. Retrato
  9. Milenteme Una Vez Mas
  10. Hoy
  11. Lo Que Pensamos
  12. Tu Y Yo
  13. Sin Final

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''Ananda'' is a great latin pop album that combines this music genre with rock elements.
None of the tracks is as good as the opening one, ''Ni Una Sola Palabra'' that easily overshadows all of the rest, but on the other hand, they are all very good and make a consistent album in terms of sound.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x994cbb7c) out of 5 stars Catchy Choruses, Sexual Innuendos, Fist-Pumping Self-Help Anthems and Gorgeous Ballads 27 Nov. 2006
By Rudy Palma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Paulina Rubio's 2004 album "Pau-Latina," which spawned numerous hit singles on Billboard's Hot Latin tracks chart, solidified her status as a dominant force in international pop. Each chord progression, mariachi horn, sitar, impromptu rap, guitar lick and drum beat melded perfectly on a collection of infectious Spanish pop songs.

Rubio has not replicated such magic with her follow-up LP. However, "Ananda," named for the Sanskrit word for bliss, is a solid collection of tunes that far exceeds the limits of the usual pop album, finding Rubio in a surprisingly relaxed state. She clearly knows where her strengths lie and how to tap into them: catchy choruses, sexual innuendos, fist-pumping self-help anthems and gorgeous ballads can all be found throughout the album's 13 tracks. It may pack only some of the punch of "Pau-Latina," but frankly, that is more than enough.

Lead single "Ni Una Sola Palabra (Not a Single Word)," which smartly strides the line between dancefloor anthem and widescreen ballad, has made history for Rubio, as it is her first Spanish language track to crack Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart at #98. With lyrics of great intensity, she extracts every ounce of passion from the song without sacrificing sincerity.

The potential hits keep coming. "Nada Puede Cambiarme (Nothing Can Change Me)," which features awesome guitar riffs from Slash, is a delightfully campy ode to self-sustenance, while "Retrato (Portarit)" finds Rubio sifting through the remains of a doomed relationship with such confidence that listeners will see a wiser woman moving on with her life.

This theme of independence continues with "N.O." and "Hoy (Today)." In the former she gets confrontational, trying in vain to establish communication with her soon-to-be-ex, while in the latter she exudes sex appeal while dismissing a former lover outright, even delighting in the pain he deserves. Singing with crystal clarity and intense conviction, Rubio has never sounded better.

Not all on "Ananda" goes so over the top, however. "Que Me Voy a Quedar (That I'm Going to Remain)" has a cool spring in its step, while the Juanes-penned "No Te Cambio (I Won't Change You)" is at once a blissfully romantic ballad before turning into a funky south of the border dance confection.

Furthermore, "Aunque No Sea Conmigo (Even If He's Not With Me)" is a surprisingly sexy slice of slinky pop, while "Lo Que Pensamos (What We Think)" is also injected with levity despite its political undercurrents.

Still, the defining moment of the disc goes to "Mienteme Una Vez Mas (Lie to Me Once Again)," where Rubio finds solace in her dreams when her love goes unrequited, emerging scathed but intact.

Rubio has definitely found another hit in "Ananda," and it shows from beginning to end. This music is pure fun, easy to listen to and difficult to turn off, and that is exactly what pop music is supposed to be.

Stay tuned for Rubio's second English album, the follow-up to her criminally ignored 2002 collection "Border Girl."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x994cbb1c) out of 5 stars Paulina is back in pink. 28 Feb. 2007
By Javier Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It took Paulina a while to release a new cd but I think that it was worth the wait. This versatile singer comes back with "ANANDA" that follows her big success of "PAU-LATINA" in the sense of music fusions and sevaral types of music but this time I feel that Paulina has leaned more on rock music instead of her famous rancheras with a touch of hip-hop. Electric guitars are strongly present on tracks such as "NADA PUEDE CAMBIARME" that has Gun's n' Roses's Slash on lead guitar. This song is one of the highlights of the album. In the case of "MIENTEME UNA VEZ MAS" Paulina follows the direction of Evanescence, this song has the very same style of their music and sounds very good with Paulina's voice.
Even though Paulina has concentrated more on rock, I also feel that she wanted to release something for everybody. But this is easy to understand because of group of people that she has chosen for this production. She has the style of Coti with the Ballad "AYUDAME". A mix between Coti and Julieta Venegas on "QUE ME VOY A QUEDAR" which is a catchy song but honestly the lyrics have no sense. She also had Junes as songwriter on "NO TE CAMBIO" this song is really good because it starts the first verse with flamenco and then starts a very nice combination between a very soft reggaeton, a bit of ballenato, pop and hip-hop a real gem for the album. The song that has the biggest ranchera style on the album is "AUNQUE NO SEA CONMIGO" but doesn't have a strong influence as "DAME OTRO TEQUILA" or "EL ULTIMO ADIOS".
"ANANDA" also has pop songs like "RETRATO", "N.O" and the first single "NI UNA SOLA PALABRA" written by Xabi San Martin from Spain's La Oreja De Van Gogh. Comparing this album with her previous one "PAU-LATINA"...well I think that "ANANDA" is very good I really enjoy it but "PAU-LATINA" was more solid, maybe I think this because I heard it more and I got more used to it. The one thing I wanted not to find again is the interludes after each song, they're really short but unnecessary. A positive thing about this production, is the booklet because it has several pictures and lyrics.

To finish this review I think that even though the critics for this album were not very positive. I think that it's a very good step for Paulina. The first single became a #1 hit in the U.S for several weeks and #2 in the main chart of all Latin America and gave Paulina her third entrance on Billboard's Hot 100 with a song that wasn't in English. The album debuted at #1 in the U.S on Top Latin Albums list and #25 on Billboard's 200 and became #1 also in several territories and sold up to 500,000 copies on its release week. Anyway, this is just commercial information but I think that the album is good maybe not her best but good, you won't be sorry with it if you like her music.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x997f7d74) out of 5 stars Great deal. 7 April 2007
By Javier Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I think that it was a good idea to release an enhanced version of ANANDA. The orginal cd is very good but it doesn't include all the extras of this version. On this deluxe version you can find:
2-An interview with Paulina (it's not long, it takes around 10 minutes but it's fun).
3-Behind the scenes footage. This is divided in two parts. The first part is about behind the scenes of both the music videos on the DVD that aren't special because are really short and Paulina barely comments about them and the director doesn't make any comment either. And the sencond part which is about a rehearsal prior a show in Malaga, Spain.
I say that this is a great deal because for an extra bucks you will get the DVD with this features plus on the cd you'll get a bonus track that doesn't appear on the original version of "ANANDA" which is "ME SIENTO MUCHO MAS FUERTE SIN TU AMOR" and two new versions of "NI UNA SOLA PALABRA" and a new extra version of "NADA PUEDE CAMBIARME".
If you like Paulina and you have this album on the simple version, you'll like it because of the 2 videos which are the strings to pull this deluxe version. And if you are willing to buy "ANANDA" because you wanted to have it, well I can say that this is a very good album that follows Paulina's style of mixing several types of music including Pop, Rock, Ranchera, Flamenco influences between others. The first single "NI UNA SOLA PALABRA" became an instant huge hit all over Latin America, Spain and even countries such as Italy where it made a big impression. Between the producers you can find Cachorro Lopez one of the most important producers in the latin market and C. "Tricky" Stewart who produces of singers such as Madonna or Britney Spears. Juanes and Julieta Venagas wrote songs for Paulina, on the lead guitar of "NADA PUEDE CAMBIARME" Paulina had Guns n' Roses's lead guitarist Slash.
This album also sold up to 500,000 copies on its release week and topped almost every latin album chart. Well these are only commercial facts. The album perse is very good. Check "NADA PUEDE CAMBIARME", "N.O", "AYUDAME", "RETRATO" and "MIENTEME UNA VEZ MAS".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99d151b0) out of 5 stars Words Cannot Explain How I feel about this CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 20 Sept. 2006
By Tony - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased two versions of this Album, the normal version with the 13 songs listed here in Amazon and the version from iTunes that includes a special new song, 'Me Siento Mucho Mas Fuerte' (I feel a lot more Stronger) a rock ballad...This album combines all of the different fusions that Paulina has established in her previous albums, the rhythm is still there and there is a lot more feeling to the songs this time around...Paulina's voice has definitely improved over her previous album (I saw her in Concert this past Friday, September 15, 2006, and I must say that I was impressed with her performance and vocal improvement)...This album is more organic and the maturity of Paulina as an artist is very well evident in this album...I really can't pick a favorite or a couple of favorite songs, I think they each have something very special!!!...There is a little of something here for everyone, from an electronic-pop-ranchera "Aunque No Sea Conmigo" to a pulsating club beat, "HOY" (Once again this album will definitely not disappoint Music Lovers of all types)!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x994ce87c) out of 5 stars Ananda- An Introduction 22 Nov. 2007
By A. Bonomo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was my first Paulina Rubio album. I am not sure I had heard her music before getting this, but by now early songs like "Don't Say Goodbye"/"Si tu te vas", "The One you Love"/"Todo mi amor" and "Yo Sigo aqui"/I'll be right here (Sexual Lover)" are so familiar that I am not sure if I did not really first hear Paulina when she attempted the English language crossover in 2002 with Boarder Girl. As much as I like those songs I am glad that Ananda is my introduction to Paulina.

This is a surprising album. The album is in part a cross over to the "Rockera" side from the "Popera" side. Happily she seems equally comfortable doing both. And these are a diverse and great group of songs. The opening track (and first single) "Ni una sola palabra" is a slow burner. It is about nostalgia for a time in a relationship that she knows will never happen again o matter what is said and straddles the line between ballad and full rock out. When she performs it live it is definitely more of the rock out but the dark underpinnings are always visible.

Next comes "Nada puede cambiar me"- a full rocking tribute to being wild and constantly in love. There is a cameo by Slash, which is given a great view in the music video (available with the special edition). It is very fun and always exciting. "Ayudame" is the next track and it is more of a direct ballad that the previous ones, though Paulina is still singing to a lover who is not there often enough but makes everything better when he is. Or it is, the video (not included) is about global warming. It is strongly contrasted by the following track "N.O." where she fights with someone who is leaving her. The songs demonstrate the emotion Paulina can pack into her voice.

The next song on the album is "Que me voy a quedar" which was written by Coti and Julietta Venegas. Paulina joined them to sing "Nada este fue un error" on Coti's Esta manana y otros cuento. It is one of the more experimental song mixing chanting with side whimsical asides. The result is surpisingly mature and youthful. "Aunque no seas con migo" is going to be a standard. It has been performed by others before Paulina, and will probably be sung by others later, but right here Paulina owns it in that seductive way of hers. During the release of the album Paulina expressed that "No te cambio" written by Juanes, was her favorite song on the album. It is very romantic, and excited. It is a shame they did not release this as a single.

After the heavy romanticism of the first half of the album the next three songs are surprisingly jaded. "Retrato" is one of the albums catchiest declaring that she no longer wants to see someone. But there is still that portrait... "Miente me una vez mas" (Sung in English at the Nobel Prize ceremony as "Beautiful Lies") is a dark, rocker, bleaker than anything before it on the album (maybe the bleakest Paulina ever gets). It is like being betrayed again by the person she was singing about in "Retrato" where she can only blame herself. Completing this quasi trilogy is "Hoy" where she has some seething nasty things to say about not wanting to see this person. She just wants him to suffer, like she did, but does not have the time or "ganas" to do so. On the DVD interview she debates with herself whether this is an immature or mature way of dealing with things. You can also see her rehearse the choreography that would go with her performing this on tour.

The next two songs are an upbeat swing on everything that came before. They do the same chanting style as "Que me voy a quedar" but differently. This is more about interacting with people, group thought and creating that positive energy. Interestingly whether you like these songs or not their tone sets the album, making even the darker parts before seem lighter. The regular version the album ends with "Sin final." It is about making a last night with someone last forever, and comes off as the matured hybrid of those Border Girl songs "Don't Say Goodbye"/"Si tu te vas" and "The One you Love"/"Todo mi amor." However the romance feels more real here and you mourn that this night will end with her.

The special edition includes a very fun version of The Byrds by way of Charlie Garcia song "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better"/"Siento mucho major sin tu amor." Paulina rocks it. There are some remixes that suggest the types of experimenting in musical genres in the future. The DVD includes the videos for "Ni una sola palabra" and "Nada puede cambiar me." They play on her glam image and are fun if not the most creative videos out there. There is also a video interview where Paulina gives a description of the producers and collaborators on most of the album and shows us her house where it was recorded. There are subtitle in English for the interview, though none for the music videos. I would have loved to see someone try to an un-awkward sounding translation of phrases like "volverme guapa y tu guapo con migo." There is also video of a photoshoot. A must for fanatics of Paulina. A good introduction to her career, and hopefully a sign of what is to come from her.
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