This year the Argentinian Spanish Rock icon Fito Paez released an album and it's called "La Ciudad Liberada". Fito Paez is not only a Latin Grammy Award winner, but he is also a pianist, lyricist, singer song-writer, and even a film director! Paez released his first album "Del '63" in 1984 and now, this new album will mark his twenty-third. Wowza! This man never stops and he is definitely a visionary!
"La Ciudad Liberada" is an eighteen track album that is full of political themed rock songs as well as love songs. Fito Paez has never shied away from themes like that of religion, politics, love, hate, and even sexuality. As one can see from the album cover below, it is Fito's face with a woman's body. Thought provoking for many reasons. It taps into breaking gender norms, gender labels, sexuality, modesty, and the comfort of being naked. Even as the title suggests, "La Ciudad Liberada" translated as "the liberated city" can mean many things.
This eighteen track album has songs that feel like they belong in a different genre but they all work together. The single "La Ciudad Liberada" is the main anthem for the album and a video was recently released for it. The video shows a city and a girl walking through it. Fito surrounded by a cardboard city and he starts singing:
"En parque Patricios, la cuidad de Buenos Aires
Existe un refugio para la gente que no tiene a nadie
Vivir y morir en la calle, allí siempre fui feliz
Vivir y morir en la calle, que delirio sin ti"
She looks like she is in a suffering state, which reflects on what Paez's lyrics are saying. As the video progresses, this woman crawls into a cardboard fort and turns into a warrior. A warrior for herself and her city. As the girl walks through the city in her new warrior suit, Paez's cardboard city get destroyed by him and bursts of color as he chants "quiero vivir en la ciudad liberada". This video is really a treat and I recommend for anyone to go check it out.
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