Durango Herald, July 15, 2021

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Pump it up! Costello preps Spanish This Year's Model


David Bauder / Associated Press

In one of the year's odder musical ideas, Elvis Costello is releasing a Spanish-language version of his 1978 classic album This Year’s Model.

Elvis Costello is re-releasing his classic “This Year's Model” album - but this year's version erases his vocals and replaces him with Spanish-language singers.

A video of Juanes performing “Pump it Up” was released Thursday, preceding the full version of “Spanish Model” due to come out on Sept. 10.

Producer Sebastian Krys kept, and remixed, the original instrumental tracks recorded by Costello and his backing band, the Attractions. Besides Juanes, other vocalists include Fito Paez, Luis Fonsi, Sebastian Yatra and Jesse & Joy.

Originally released in 1978, “This Year's Model” was Costello's second album and first with the Attractions. With its furious sound and blistering pace, Costello described it as an album about control and “desire and how that relates to love, fashion and the male gaze towards women.”

“I don't think there's anything that somebody in another language would not have encountered,” he said.

He said in a news release that he was inspired by television producer David Simon's request that he record his song “This Year's Girl” as a duet with singer Natalie Bergman for his show “The Deuce.” He said he had a dream where he heard “This Year's Model” sung in Spanish.

Juanes had just worked with Krys on his latest album, “Origen.” He told The Associated Press that he could hear Costello's breathing in the mix used for his vocals.

“The video is very particular, too,” Juanes said, “because it's an animation over the original. I mean, it's the original video, but with my face. It's a bit crazy, but it's really cool. The same body of Elvis dancing to the song, but with my face.”

Spanish Model” includes versions of “Mentira” (Lip Service) sung by Pablo Lopez, “La Chica de Hoy” (This Year's Girl) by Cami and “Tu Eres Para Mi” (You Belong to Me) by Fonsi.

Costello has teased the concept of bilingual releases recently, with Iggy Pop singing a French version of Costello's song “No Flag.”

“Part of the fun of this project is its unexpected nature,” Costello said. “Although, I think people in my audience that have been paying attention are pretty much used to surprises by now.”



Tags: This Year's ModelJuanesPump It UpSpanish ModelSebastian KrysThe AttractionsFito PáezFonsiSebastián YatraThis Year's GirlNatalie BergmanMentira (Lip Service)Pablo LópezLa Chica De Hoy (This Year's Girl)CamiTu Eres Para Mí (You Belong To Me)Iggy PopNo Flag (en français)

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Durango Herald, July 15, 2021


David Bauder previews Spanish Model. This article (in Spanish) was also published in the Chicago Tribune, El Salvador newspaper La Prensa Gráfica and in Venezuelan newspaper La Calle.


2021-07-15 Durango Herald photo 01.jpg
Juanes arrives at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala in Las Vegas on Nov. 13, 2019, in Las Vegas, left, and Elvis Costello poses for a portrait in New York on Sept. 17, 2018. Costello is releasing a Spanish-language version of his 1978 classic album ‘This Year's Model.' It comes out in September, but an initial version of Juanes singing ‘Pump it Up' was released as a YouTube video on Thursday.

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