Amar Es Combatir

Amar Es Combatir

by Maná

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Overview

Arriving a long four years after Revolución de Amor (2002), which had been the band's most accomplished album to date, and a Grammy winner to boot, Amar Es Combatir confirmed Maná's continuing designation as the world's standard-bearing Spanish-language mainstream rock band. Amar Es Combatir's lead single, "Labios Compartidos," was an overnight chart-topper, and the album itself debuted at number four on Billboard's overall album chart, the highest debut ever for a Spanish-language release by a band or group. And make no mistake, such success was warranted, as Amar Es Combatir is not so much a stride forward creatively as it is a consolidation of everything that had earned Maná such a devoted international fan base in the first place. For better, and perhaps for worse, there are no surprises on Amar Es Combatir: the band delivers yet another slick set of soaring rockers (of which "Arráncane el Corazón" and "Tú Me Salvaste" are the highlights) interspersed with laid-back pleas of passion ("Ojala Pudiera Borrarte," "Bendita Tu Luz") and, of course, the obligatory heart-clutching power ballad or two à la "Vivir sin Aire," the band's timeless breakthrough hit from 1994 ("Labios Compartidos," "Tengo Muchas Alas"). The band's critics, who are legion, offered the same age-old complaints upon the album's release: the band repackages the same product each go round, the songs are awfully sappy for such a gruff-looking bunch of guys, and yes, the music isn't authentic -- that is, it's not Latin enough. Regardless of whether you adore or hate Maná, there's no denying the appeal of Amar Es Combatir. This is a meticulous, impassioned, and all-around well-crafted album of what fans had come to expect from Maná, and if it lacks some of the courage of Revolución de Amor, Amar Es Combatir is nonetheless a standout rock en español effort circa 2006 and another laudable effort by the ever-reliable band.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2006
Label: Warner Music Latina
UPC: 0825646366125
catalogNumber: 63661
Rank: 3109

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maná   Primary Artist
Juan Luis Guerra   Vocals
Albert Sterling Menendez   Keyboards
Fernando Quintana   Coros
Luis Rey   Coros
Sergio Vallin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Coros,Group Member
Juan Calleros   Bajo Sexto,Group Member
Fher Olvera   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Coros,Group Member
Fernando Vallín   Guitar,Bajo Sexto,Coros

Technical Credits

Carlos Pérez   Graphic Design,Concept Design
Thom Russo   Engineering
Alex González   Composer,Audio Production
Sergio Vallin   Composer
Fher Olvera   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Concept Design
Fernando Vallín   Guitar Techician
Mike Fassano "Saco Grande"   Drum Technician
Gustavo Orozco   Loop

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