This is not your old Mecano, Ana Torroja. It’s been eleven years since the release of Ana Torroja’s last album, Sonrisa. It didn’t feel that long ago, but it was and this year, we have a brand new Ana Torroja. And she is releasing music that is just what the world needs at the moment. Mil Razones has been three years in the making and what I hear, is worth it.
In 2019, Ana Torroja released the first single from this album called “Llama” (Call). Shortly after, we heard another single, “Antes” (Before). The plan was to use the album in conjunction with her VOLVER TOUR, (Return Tour) but when everything was cut short with the pandemic, it was put on hold. This might have been a good thing. While the tour is scheduled to continue at the end of this month, it gave her time to incorporate even more new music.
Torroja dabbles in a new electronic dance sound, which is very different than what we had before. She tended to be very mellow in her solo career after Mecano. I think that she rested a little too much of the success and the laurels of Mecano’s music for too long. That was one of the reasons I have always been very indifferent with regards to Ana Torroja as a soloist. Her personal style had never been my jam. Today, I see a different singer and artist.
While Mil Razones infuses dance, pop, and electronic, it is a great way to get back in with the music fans of Spain. If anyone knows how to excite the Spanish music fans is Alaska from Fangoria. This album features a duet with Torroja and Alaska entitled “Hora y Cuarto” (Hour and Quarter). The song was written by Óscar Ferrer of Varry Brava.
“When I heard ‘Hora y Cuarto’ for the first time, I felt that it was the perfect song to fulfill a dream, so I called Mario (Vaquerizo) who, by the way, had also dreamed of that collaboration for a long time; I told him that I had found the perfect song to do together. I sent it to them, they loved it and the next thing was pure enjoyment. ” – Ana Torroja during an interview with Cadena 100 radio in Spain.
While there are only nine tracks on the new album, Mil Razones; they are nine tracks that can change the image of Ana Torroja in a positive way. Many of Ana’s fans have been since her time in Mecano, and it is time that they see a new and relevant Ana. This album has changed my mind, maybe it’s time for it to change yours.