REVIEW: Las Ketchup – Hijas Del Tomate (2002)
It is sad when good songs become a joke. You see this happens so much when you have songs that blast to the top of the charts and cause the world to go crazy. The funny part is all the people who are making fun of the songs are the same people who bought it or downloaded it or even danced it in a club. This album is a prime example of that… a prime example of a one-hit-wonder. Las Ketchups had their 15 minutes of fame.
“The Ketchup Song” or better know as “Asereje” was their song. It hit the charts in the summer of 2002 and made them a hit, but is the album more than just one song? I doubt you will find another hit on this album that can stand up to the anthem that was created. As a pop album, the album fails to give the audience anything more. It combines Flamenco influences with pop music but I can’t see any of the songs being played on mainstream radio.
Some of the highlights that I found on the album are the underlying samples of a Juan Luis Guerra bachata song in “Lanzame Los Trastos, Baby”, and the blues-style slower song, “Sevillanas Pink”. But if you need your fix of Ketchup, the theme song is featured four times throughout the album with various different versions including a karaoke version. We know you will fast forward to that track immediately.
It is a wonder I found this in the clearance section of a second-hand store, the album sold over 12 million copies. Where is your copy?
Honestly, the album is not bad but at the same time, it is not good. The songs that fill up space between versions of “Asereje” are just fun little songs that you can’t take seriously, just like the anthem. Okay… Let’s everyone sing along: Aserejé ja de je de jebe tu de jebere seibiunouva majavi an de bugui an de güididípi.
What does it mean? Google translate says it means – absolutely nothing!
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