Ricardo Arjona could have gone the standard route with Quién Dijo Ayer
, and it still would have been a solid hits collection. But the Guatemalan singer and songwriter has rarely been about obvious pop choices. Quién Dijo Ayer
is no different. Arjona has made the double-disc collection a sweet look back that still keeps firm footing in the present and in the future. To be sure, he includes the original versions of some of his biggest hits ("Mujeres," "Senora de Las Cuatro Decadas"). But Arjona recasts his trademark tunes with new arrangements, newly recorded vocals and guest stars, resulting in an exciting new project. "Te Conozco" finds a new sense of poignancy and "Historia de Taxi" is reborn as a shimmering salsa collaboration with Marc Anthony. Arjona also enlists Marta Sanchez, Eros Ramazzotti, and Sandro for fresh spins on old friends. The disc includes a trio of new tunes, including the terrific "Quién," that fit perfectly alongside the hits. Arjona's own voice, always appealingly emotive, adds extra layers of depth to every thoughtful lyric. --Joey Guerra
'Quen Dijo Ayer' (Who said yesterday)is not a compilation even though it complies, not a hits ablum even though it includes the most important songs in his career. This album is not what it appears to be but something more then what it is believed to be. This piece of contemporary music that will remain in time by the obligation that imposes the affluent work done, places it's foundations in three new songs 'Espantapajaros','Quin' and 'Quiero'. All other tracks are songs that marked Arjona's career during the years, the songs that made history and will now be heard as new tracks with familiar lyrics but with new sounds. Features Marc Anthony, Marta Sanchez, Panteon Rococo and Eros Ramazzotti.