Saturday, July 9, 2011

CD Review: Mana Rocks On "Drama Y Luz"

Spanish rock band Mana have recently released “Drama Y Luz”, the long awaited follow-up to their Grammy winning 2006 album “Amar es Combatir." The new album debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts and #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart. This album along with all their others is sung entirely in Spanish, but their sound on the new album is pure mainstream rock.

The album’s first single “Lluvia Al Corazon” carries a catchy dance beat that becomes the backbone for the song’s popular sound as it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Singles chart. The song “Amor Glandestino” is more laid-back as the band gets ready to take-off with the up-tempo “Mi Reina Del Dolor”. Mana takes a more pop route with the slow beats of “Sor Maria” and “Vuella Libre Paloma”. Even without fully understanding the lyrics, the sound of “No Te Rindas” just wraps you up with the band’s smooth vocals and comfortable music. Mana shows how to rock on “Latinamerica” and “Envenename,” but they seem more comfortable performing the gentler “El Dragon” and “El Verdadero Amor Perona.”

Mana began their four month-long tour in Puerto Rico in June. For a complete list of dates, please visit their website, mana.com. You will also find song samples, videos and more from the new album.

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