Ricardo Arjona: Poquita Ropa [Digipak]

Audio Samples

>Vida
>Marta
>Aleluya
>Soledad Enamorada
>Qué Voy a Hacer Conmigo
>Escribir una Canción
>Usted
>Puente [Acústico]
>Todo Estará Bien
>Mi País
>Por Tanto Amarte
>Puente [Caribe]

Track List

>Vida
>Marta
>Aleluya
>Soledad Enamorada
>Qué Voy a Hacer Conmigo
>Escribir una Canción
>Usted
>Puente [Acústico]
>Todo Estará Bien
>Mi País
>Por Tanto Amarte
>Puente [Caribe]

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Poquita Ropa ("Few Clothes") is the twelfth studio album released by Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona on August 24, 2010. The album became his third number-one set on the Billboard Top Latin Albums when it debuted atop the chart on the week ending September 11. Within two weeks of release, the album received a Gold certifications in Chile, United States, Colombia and Puerto Rico; and Platinum certification in Mexico, Argentina. By September 17, Poquita Ropa has sold approximately 250.000 copies worldwide and received aGrammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album.

"Poquita Ropa, the 15th album of Ricardo Arjona's illustrious career, is a stripped-down acoustic effort that doesn't have much in the way of smash hit material but is nonetheless impressive. No two Arjona albums are alike, and Poquita Ropa is indeed unique in several ways. From a lyrical standpoint, songs like "Vida," "Puente," and "Mi País" deal with matters of identity and take a long view, concerning themselves with the past as well as the present and raising questions about the future. Not all of the songs on Poquita Ropa are woven together thematically, but there is clearly a conceptual arc to the album that is supported by the uniformity of the musical style. Similar in style to the acoustic pop second half of Galería Caribe (2000) and the unplugged album Solo (2004), Poquita Ropa finds Arjona at his most naked, backed by spare arrangments of acoustic guitar, piano, and Hammond B3 along with occasional touches of strings, woodwinds, and chorus vocals. These stripped-down arrangements are out of character for Arjona, whose music tends to be wide ranging and at times overwrought. For instance, there's nothing on Poquita Ropa that comes close to the bombast of "Como Duele," the smash hit power ballad from Arjona's previous album, 5to Piso (2008). That's not to say that Poquita Ropa is entirely minimal in style. It opens with a couple songs that pack a punch, "Vida" and "Marta," both of which top the five-minute mark and are anchored by percussion, and it closes with an elaborate tropical version of "Puente" that runs for eight and a half minutes and brings the album to an extraordinary conclusion. These three songs are clear-cut standouts that bookend the album for good reason. Among the material that comprises the quiet, easily overlooked middle of Poquita Ropa, interspersed highlights include "Aleluya," "Que Voy a Hacer Conmigo," "Usted," and "Mi País." Like Galería Caribe, the Arjona effort to which it's most reminiscent, Poquita Ropa is an artistically ambitious album sure to delight the Guatemalan-born singer/songwriter's devotees without scoring a bunch of smash hits in the process." -Starpulse

Album Notes

Personnel: Matt Rollins (piano).

Recording information: Antigua Estudios; Cutting Cane Studios; Picks And Hammers; The Surgery Room; The Tiki Room.

Poquita Ropa, the 15th album of Ricardo Arjona's illustrious career, is a stripped-down acoustic effort that doesn't have much in the way of smash hit material but is nonetheless impressive. No two Arjona albums are alike, and Poquita Ropa is indeed unique in several ways. From a lyrical standpoint, songs like "Vida," "Puente," and "Mi País" deal with matters of identity and take a long view, concerning themselves with the past as well as the present and raising questions about the future. Not all of the songs on Poquita Ropa are woven together thematically, but there is clearly a conceptual arc to the album that is supported by the uniformity of the musical style. Similar in style to the acoustic pop second half of Galería Caribe (2000) and the unplugged album Solo (2004), Poquita Ropa finds Arjona at his most naked, backed by spare arrangements of acoustic guitar, piano, and Hammond B-3 along with occasional touches of strings, woodwinds, and chorus vocals. These stripped-down arrangements are out of character for Arjona, whose music tends to be wide ranging and at times overwrought. For instance, there's nothing on Poquita Ropa that comes close to the bombast of "Como Duele," the smash hit power ballad from Arjona's previous album, 5to Piso (2008). That's not to say that Poquita Ropa is entirely minimal in style. It opens with a couple songs that pack a punch, "Vida" and "Marta," both of which top the five-minute mark and are anchored by percussion, and it closes with an elaborate tropical version of "Puente" that runs for eight and a half minutes and brings the album to an extraordinary conclusion. These three songs are clear-cut standouts that bookend the album for good reason. Among the material that comprises the quiet, easily overlooked middle of Poquita Ropa, interspersed highlights include "Aleluya," "Que Voy a Hacer Conmigo," "Usted," and "Mi País." Like Galería Caribe, the Arjona effort to which it's most reminiscent, Poquita Ropa is an artistically ambitious album sure to delight the Guatemalan-born singer/songwriter's devotees without scoring a bunch of smash hits in the process. ~ Jason Birchmeier



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