Cardio, Miguel Bosé

Cardio, Miguel Bosé
Wea International, Spain

Rating: 59
By Carlos Reyes


Before entering Cardio’s barbed and wired content, let me emphasize that I’m a huge fan of its album cover, meaning that I love Miguel Bosé’s persona unconditionally. Whether for Bose’s foiled attempts to sound ‘serious’, or his consummation to serve his aesthetics as both, a gentlemen and diva, the dude is insanely exciting, attractive, vulnerable, irreverent, and if you’ve heard Velvetina or Sereno, one could find enough ground to justify his image of Latin Pop icon. Not to mention Bose is responsible for writing the ostentatious and utterly brilliant “Mexico” by Timbiriche.

Despite all the charm, elegancy and recurrent muscularity, his latest album narrows down to squeezing pieces that couldn’t be any less displaced with their own musicality. It’s not that the album is lifeless or that Bosé is less devoted, Cardio is simply pointed to the wrong direction and unfortunately, Bosé doesn’t give us too much meat to give it a sense. First track and promotional single “Estuve a punto de” is about that eternal desire to take risk, something about him singing “I was this close” gives the track a kind of four-wall effect (the same way “Morena Mia” is wonderfully structured). Sadly, the whole album seems to learn from the single, they’re all on the edge of being good or complete disasters.

In “Jurame”, Miguel Bose is almost unrecognizable. His deep well-dressed voice gets rowdy and this is probably the closest we’ll ever see Miguel Bose rapping. The title track is also interesting; it’s so upbeat one would swear he’s been listening to La Casa Azul. The rest of the album is quite lousy, unforgivingly preoccupied with minor-key traits that instead of embracing their silence, feel empty. There are exceptions like the closing “Y Poco Mas” and “Eso No”, which are strangely erotic but yet forgettable. Cardio is probably one of Bosé’s weakest albums, with “Estuve a punto de” profiling as one of his career-best singles, and yet I still think the man rocks. I’ll trade you Bunbury for Miguel Bosé anytime. Am I arguing that his music is better than that of Bunbury? Yes, and better than most Latin rock dinosaurs out there.

10 comments :

Ely Mock said...

agreed, completely.

Juan Manuel Torreblanca said...

very good! but there's an important distance between raping and rapping... :p

j

Anonymous said...

I don't wanna see Bose "raping"!!
Typo alert!

Carlos Reyes said...

o god typo of the year! I'm horrible hahaha :S

DECIREVES said...

Caiste de mi gracia al poner a Bose en tus reseñas jajaja, nunca he entendido por que Bose es un icono latino, ni lo entendere, a parte esa pose eterna de ser el Bowie hispano da una harta gueva eh. en fin, en gusto se rompen generos. Y no he oido Cardio (ni lo oire)
saludos arriba el Club!

Gus said...

oh crap I didn't catch the typo and I read the the review this morning! hahaha funniest

anyway, you're kinda right, but better than Bunbury????? ok, I'll buy it

papito was kinda good

JOSE LUIS MERCADO said...

A Miguel Bosé no lo soporto, aunque sí tiene algunas genialidades. El sencillo no me emociona explorar más...

Anonymous said...

I really like the entire CD. Besides you cannot compare Bunbury and Bose they are completely different genres…Cardio is a great album. I can understand that some people don’t like it, but that does not mean it is bad. It is not pop and it is not experimental either, so I can see why most of the people do not understand or enjoy neither the music nor the lyrics. I guess Cardio is pretensions.

sp said...

and have you heard this one?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x272lKC11IU

Succo said...

Wondering what your opinion is about the meaning in Bose's "Estuve a Punto De". My own opinion is that He's so in love or in lust that he's saying he'd kill himself for a chance just to kiss this figure. That she's the one. Is the dog a symbol of himself?

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