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Amar Es Combatir

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Maná 8/22/2006

Review

Arriving a long four years after Revolución de Amor (2002), which had been the band's most accomplished album to date, and a Grammy winner to boot, Amar Es Combatir confirmed Maná's continuing designation as the world's standard-bearing Spanish-language mainstream rock band. Amar Es Combatir's lead single, "Labios Compartidos," was an overnight chart-topper, and the album itself debuted at number four on Billboard's overall album chart, the highest debut ever for a Spanish-language release by a band or group. And make no mistake, such success was warranted, as Amar Es Combatir is not so much a stride forward creatively as it is a consolidation of everything that had earned Maná such a devoted international fan base in the first place. For better, and perhaps for worse, there are no surprises on Amar Es Combatir: the band delivers yet another slick set of soaring rockers (of which "Arráncane el Corazón" and "Tú Me Salvaste" are the highlights) interspersed with laid-back pleas of passion ("Ojala Pudiera Borrarte," "Bendita Tu Luz") and, of course, the obligatory heart-clutching power ballad or two à la "Vivir sin Aire," the band's timeless breakthrough hit from 1994 ("Labios Compartidos," "Tengo Muchas Alas"). The band's critics, who are legion, offered the same age-old complaints upon the album's release: the band repackages the same product each go round, the songs are awfully sappy for such a gruff-looking bunch of guys, and yes, the music isn't authentic -- that is, it's not Latin enough. Regardless of whether you adore or hate Maná, there's no denying the appeal of Amar Es Combatir. This is a meticulous, impassioned, and all-around well-crafted album of what fans had come to expect from Maná, and if it lacks some of the courage of Revolución de Amor, Amar Es Combatir is nonetheless a standout rock en español effort circa 2006 and another laudable effort by the ever-reliable band. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Manda una Señal Maná 4:40
  3. 2 Labios Compartidos Maná 5:16
  4. 3 Ojala Pudiera Borrarte Maná 4:54
  5. 4 Arráncane el Corazón Maná 4:43
  6. 5 Tengo Muchas Alas Maná 4:30
  7. 6 Dime Luna Maná 4:49
  8. 7 Bendita Tu Luz Maná 4:23
  9. 8 Tú Me Salvaste Maná 4:18
  10. 9 Combatiente Maná 4:36
  11. 10 El Viaje Maná 4:15
  12. 11 El Rey Tiburón Maná 4:51
  13. 12 Somos Mar y Arena Maná 4:40
  14. 13 Relax Maná 4:14

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