La Oreja de Van Gogh's third album (the one often viewed as decisive in a band's career) takes over the listener slowly.
La Oreja de Van Gogh's third album (the one often viewed as decisive in a band's career) takes over the listener slowly. Initially, there's the familiar Oreja sound, a mix of feel-good pop and acoustic and electronic elements—all anchored by Amaia Montero's distinctive vocals, both girly and seductive. It's almost too familiar, both in content and delivery; the single "Puedes Contra Conmigo" is lovely enough, and yet, didn't we hear this last time? But as the album progresses, La Oreja expands into both acoustic, electronic, and stylistic territories. Highlights are the bluesy "Vestido Azul," which allows Montero to show vocal grit, and the final "Historia de Un Sueño," a haunting yet uplifting take on a visit from the dead. Following this song, remain tuned for the instrumental bonus track.—LC