Maná – Falta Amor (2020 Remasterizado) (1992/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 45:26 minutes | 569 MB | Genre: Pop Rock, Latin
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © WM Mexico
Mana origins date back to a band called Sombrero Verde. In 1975 they decided to get together to play different songs from groups they admired, including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Police, among others. They were originally known as The Spies of the Green Hat, but soon the name was shortened to Green Hat and was eventually adapted into Spanish as Sombrero Verde, as the band wanted to rock in their own language. They were one of the first groups to venture out, composing their own songs even though rock in Spanish was not yet a trend.
Around the same time, a movement in Mexico began called “Rock en tu idioma” (Rock in Your Language), a business strategy from some record companies aimed at young people to develop rock in Spanish. In the midst of this rising movement, the band adopted the name that would give them international recognition, “Maná”, chosen because of the meaning of the Polynesian word: “positive energy.” The lineup was composed of Fher Olvera vocalist, the brothers Juan and Ulises Calleros, on guitar and bass espectively, and Alex González on drums.
Warner Music Mexico is now proudly releasing a series of 2020 remasters of the band’s prolific output. Falta Amor (1989) was the band’s second album, on which they decided to take full production control. It didn’t gain success until a year after its release thanks to the single “Rayando el sol” (Breaking Dawn), which becomes the first major success for Maná. The singles “Perdido en un barco” (Lost on a Boat),”Estoy agotado” (I’m Exhausted), and “Buscándola” (Looking for Her) also become fan favorites.
The group performs 112 shows in Mexico and their first important concert outside the borders of their country, at the General Rumiñahui Coliseum in Quito, Ecuador. It was after this show that the group realized the potential they could have abroad.
Falta Amor is the Mexican pop/rock band’s least noteworthy album by far musically, at least but it still has its moments and, most importantly, it established them as a promising act during the early ’90s, with an exceptionally straightforward pop/rock sound for a Mexican band. In particular, “Rayando el Sol” is a highlight and established a template for the sort of emotional pop/rock hits that the band would rack up in the years to come. Unless you’re a completist, you probably won’t need to bother with Falta Amor. Its high points are well represented on the plethora of Maná compilations out there, the best of which are the Esencials volumes released in 2003.
01. Gitana (2020 Remasterizado) (4:17)
02. Refrigerador (2020 Remasterizado) (3:50)
03. Rayando El Sol (2020 Remasterizado) (4:14)
04. Buscándola (2020 Remasterizado) (4:09)
05. Soledad (2020 Remasterizado) (4:39)
06. Falta Amor (2020 Remasterizado) (4:15)
07. Estoy Agotado (2020 Remasterizado) (3:54)
08. Perdido En Un Barco (2020 Remasterizado) (4:16)
09. La Puerta Azul (2020 Remasterizado) (3:15)
10. Maeo (2020 Remasterizado) (3:58)
11. No Me Mires Así (2020 Remasterizado) (4:45)