She’s the 20-year-old star who served non-stop romance on the Eurovision Song Contest stage in 2018. And now Amaia has dropped one of the most heavily anticipated albums in Spain this year Pero No Pasa Nada.
That translates as But Nothing Happens, but we can guarantee that there is a lot going on with this one. The relatively brief 31-minute album packs in emotion, drama and artistry efficiently, giving you guys plenty to discover. The ten tracks have a very cohesive feel and the sound remains authentic to Amaia — a beautiful woman who can do glamour, but who prefers purity and simplicity. It’s a massive step away from the somewhat cliché sound of “Tu Canción” — her Eurovision entry with Alfred García.
The album kicks off with a short intro that consists of just two lines followed by a pure guitar-driven intro. It gives an appropriate tease of what the overall album will sound like. The first actual track is “Quedará En Nuestra Mente” (It Will Remain in Our Minds). Its progressions shows her ability to slay in a variety of tempos — from slower to something more quick-paced and urgent. It also includes percussion, which gives it added texture.
The track “El Relámpago” (The Lightning) adds an electric guitar. In “Nuevo Verano” (New Summer), she returns to the percussion, adding a bit of lyrical irony to go with the clangs: she likes everyone except the person she’s singing about (albeit just a little less). But in the end she does love talking to everyone, even he who shall not be named.
With “Nadie Podría Hacerlo” (No One Could Do It), Amaia serves a stripped-back piano ballad. Her vocals shine here more than on any song that preceded it. The soft, almost breathy vocals provide a refreshing take on her vocals halfway through the record.
Up next is “Quiero Que Vengas” (I Want You to Come). Completely different to “Nadie Podría Hacerlo”, this track picks up the pace and sees Amaia deliver some very strong power vocals in the chorus. Pump that fist! The video strengthens the narrative of having met a person very recently and wanting to see him again. The clip also shows Amaia in the unfortunate position of not being able to meet with him. But ultimately there’s a happy ending.
The next three tracks show Amaia’s devotion to rhythm: “Todos Estos Años” (All These Years), “Un Día Perdido” (A Lost Day) and “Cuando Estés Triste” (When You’re Sad) all build on percussion. The standout is “Cuando Estés Triste”, owing largely to Amaia’s very impressive vocal run during the chorus.
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hoy ha salido mi disco "pero no pasa nada"? estoy muy emocionada y quiero dar las gracias a todos los que me han ayudado y apoyado?? sobre todo a @santiagomotorizado @edubergallo @nuriagraham y @raulrefree ? ha sido increíble y divertidooo? gracias también a todos los que lo habéis estado esperando? creo que hoy es uno de los días más bonitos de mi vidaaaa!!!! gracias a todos por todo?? la foto es de @danidjorge
As a young woman exploring her musical path, it’s only natural that Amaia would end by going in a new direction. “Porque Apareciste” (Because you appeared) includes a harp that steers the album in a new direction at the same time it brings it to an end. The melody fits her vocal well, tantalising all who listen with the promise of what music is yet to come.
To sum it up, Amaia shows her full personality on this album. She comes across as natural and authentic, a reality you guys would have noticed in her most recent music videos. OT and Eurovision may have cast her one way. But Amaia refuses to be put in anyone else’s box.
What do you think about Amaia’s new album? Are you a fan of the sound she’s bringing? Let us know in the comments section down below!