Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Mírame a los ojos

Chilean rock (or pop-rock) band La Ley have a huge back catalogue that I've only recently started to hear some of, so I can't speak for their overall output so far. I recently heard one song by them, though, that really caught my attention. It's from their last non-compilation album, Libertad ("Liberty" in English), which apparently deals with the theme of war, and is in particular influenced by 9/11. Libertad came out in 2003 and was followed by a greatest hits in 2004 before La Ley, whose first real album came out in 1991, broke up. Over the years, they'd lost three original members, one to death. If you're interested in hearing more from them, the albums Invisible and Vértigo seem to be the places to start (though, as I said, I haven't had an opportunity to listen to them yet, so I don't know anything about quality or style).

Ámate Y Sálvate--my atrocious Spanish tells me the title translates to "Love Yourself and Save Yourself," but please correct me if I'm wrong. For songs that sound like they need a music video set in a big sweeping desert, I still have to go with Ricky Martin's amazing "Til I Get To You," but La Ley's song is a nice attempt. It begins a bit strangely--very stop-start--but it's attention-getting. Still, you might not really be grabbed by "Ámate Y Sálvate" until the chorus hits, big but not with rock-out shredding guitars. I'm not so sure about the lyrics; they're well-intentioned, but sort of a bit trite. Luckily, the vastness that this song, in sound, seems to cover--probably not quite as vast as hoped, but still sufficient--makes up for that. From the little I've heard, nothing else on Libertad sounds like this, which is a shame.

To buy La Ley's album Libertad, go here (physical) or here (digital).

Some long overdue additions to the sidebar links:

Kurt's Krap. I've been faithfully reading this blog for months (I think I found it when I was looking for information about Martin Stenmarck's amazing debut album One) and love it. It's only just appearing in the links now, though, because...well, let's just say though I love his blog, he probably wouldn't like mine (the cheese here is pretty abundant, and some of the music I like is far from rock), so I've been a bit scared. I think a lot of you would enjoy Kurt's Krap, though; it's dedicated to rock, so of course it covers all the classics you would expect (and some of which you might be surprised to find out I love, even if only on a very shallow knowledge basis), but Kurt's also featured the Feeling, the Veronicas, Orson, the Click Five, Maroon 5, the Rasmus, and Savage Garden, among lots of others. Check it out; I think you'll love it.

BsMx's Music Pleasure. I have no explanation for why I haven't already added this blog to the links; it's another one I'm lurking around without leaving comments (in this case, because of how horrible my attempts to write in Spanish would be). Yes, it is in Spanish, but even I can manage to read it, and you can always use something like Google Translate.

A Random Mix Of Music. Yet another amazing blog from the creator of Digital Technique--what more do I have to say?

Not new to the links, but a huge thanks to The Razor Wire for linking to me; I'm so glad it seems to have been reenergized lately! Great entertainment, and often pop music, commentary.

Next up: possibly a song from my favorite album of the year.


Digital Technique said...

Thanks for linking to A Random Mix Of Music!! Congratulations on another great post - Chilean pop-rock - i love it!!! Would never have found this amazing song if it wasn't for you!! Thanks PosterGirl!!!

Paul said...

ooo you continue to be all worldy and mysterious Veronica Mars! Though why the man has a zip for a mouth is slightly beyond me?!

Poster Girl said...

No problem--I love the site already. I'm so glad you like the song!

Hmmm...very good question! I'd guess it has something to do with a commentary on the state of the world post-9/11, though since they're not from the U.S., I'm not sure whether they're commenting on here or on the effect in their own countries or just the general effect being at war (since I've read that, though the album does have a focus on post-9/11, it's not just about that) can have on civil liberties. I haven't really listened to the rest of the album--maybe it would help clear things up!