Fito Páez

El Amor Despues del Amor

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This album is the main reason why Fito Paez became one of Argentina's most acclaimed singer/songwriters of the '90s. It's one of his artistic peaks (comparable to his darkest album, Ciudad de Pobres Corazones) and it also stands as the best-selling Argentinean album from that decade (with global sales of close to a million copies). As the album title suggests (it means "Love After Love"), this is about love rediscovered. After the breakup with singer Fabiana Cantilo, then chronicled in Tercer Mundo's "Fue Amor," Paez started a relationship with actress Cecilia Roth. The whole album is dedicated and inspired by her. It includes such hits as the title track "El Amor Despues del Amor," as well as "Un Vestido y un Amor," "A Rodar Mi Vida," and "Tumbas de la Gloria." Musically, the album combines rock, pop, Argentinean folklore, and ballads. Although it shows extreme care in the arrangements, it's less pretentious and over-produced than the rest of Paez's productions from the '90s. And it features a terrific set of guests: Charly García, Andrés Calamaro, Mercedes Sosa, and Luis Alberto Spinetta, among others. A must for anyone interested in one of the most interesting Argentinean songwriters.

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