Musas Vol. 2 (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos) (CD)


Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos

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Amoeba Review

02/07/2018

After the massive success of Hasta La Raíz and its crossover appeal to non-Spanish speaking audiences, Natalia Lafourcade is making deliberate musical choices to further explore Latin music and the diversity of Latin America. With all the countries that make up the rich cultures of Latin America, there are distinct lines drawn between Mexico and Guatemala or Chile and Argentina, etc. But Natalia Lafourcade is looking to eliminate those barriers within Latin music and unite the countries into one rhythm and one sound. Musas Vol. 2, the sequel to last year's Musas Vol. 1, continues the roots of folklorico and keeps it relevant in the 21st century. This doesn't mean drum-machine, synthed-out versions of standards, but instead quiet, new meditations on classic songs that keep the spirit of the originals warm and toasty. It shows off Lafourcade's range not just as a pop singer, but a truly dynamic balladeer who sings without a false note or iota of affectation. Her voice feels completely natural and channels those old records from long-gone trios, tango singers, and guitarristas. "Danza de Gardenias" has a nostalgic production style where nothing sounds too polished and clean and is more closely tied to the old Folkways world music compilations from the '50s. Featuring beautiful guitar work against short clarinet riffs and stand-up bass, Lafourcade sings with such soul that perfectly captures the flavor without any modern pop missteps. It's spartan and simple but is all the better by how she downplays her performance. "Alma Mía" is so bare and honest, channeling the sound of old Luis Bonfa records with a bossa nova melody that could break your heart. It's difficult to not get emotional hearing her sing this romantic ballad so softly and with such finesse. It's wonderful to hear artists like Natalia Lafourcade make leaps and bounds with their sound. Musas Vol. 2 is proof that you can accomplish so much by whittling away at musical decadence and getting to the root of good music.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Danza de Gardenias
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 04:23
2.
Alma Mía
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 04:19
3.
Hoy Mi Día Uno
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 03:25
4.
Tus Ojitos (Vals de la Guardia Vieja)
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 02:57
5.
Duerme Negrito
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 04:43
6.
Luz de Luna
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 03:18
7.
Derecho de Nacimiento
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 05:48
8.
Eclipse
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 05:24
9.
La Llorona
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 06:55
10.
Desdeñosa
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos , Omara Portuondo , Eugenia León 04:03
11.
Te Sigo
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 03:27
12.
Humanidad
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 03:47
13.
Gavota [Versión Instrumental]
Natalia Lafourcade , Los Macorinos 04:07

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