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Source Material: Juanes, Un Dia Normal

by Rachel Devitt

Source Material: Juanes, Un Dia Normal


Juanes was already a big star (and Grammy winner!) in much of Latin America by the time his second album dropped in 2002, thanks to his 2000 solo debut Fijate Bien and, before that, his years with metal band Ekhymosis. But Un Dia Normal proved to be anything but normal, catapulting the smoldering heartthrob to a new level of global stardom. Certainly, the album's success had something to do with that aforementioned smoldering heartthrobbiness, especially since it came with a big side of sensitive romanticism. But Un Dia Normal also gave fans a glimpse of Juanes' considerable -- and wide-ranging -- chops: this eclectic effort dances from rock to dance pop, vallenato to flamenco, neo-nueva cancion to urban-inflected folk -- and Juanes croons the heck out of it all.

Beyond sheer talent, however, what the multiplatinum, Latin Grammy-winning Un Dia Normal proved was that Juanes was an artist with serious roots in Latin music. We trace those roots in this guide to Un Dia Normal, sourcing Juanes' inspirations and influences, from Silvio Rodriguez's thoughtful nueva trova to Cafe Tacvba's rock eclecticism, Santana's rock-folklorico to Julieta Venegas' folksy alt pop, plus plenty of his fellow countrymen such as vallenato king Carlos Vives and a young, up-and-coming pop starlet named Shakira.