Natalia Lafourcade
Musas Vol. 2


4.2
excellent

Review

by robertsona STAFF
May 8th, 2018 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist


I hadn’t heard of Natalia Lafourcade, the pop musician born to musicians in Mexico City whose 2002 debut went Platinum in Mexico, before I checked out Musas Vol. 2, her second tribute in two years to the musical “folklore” of Latin America. Yet I feel after five or six spins that I’ve got a full picture of Lafourcade, here performing with the acoustic guitar duo Los Macorinos: her interests, her instincts, the contours of her songwriting and voice. Musas, to this end, strikes me as extraordinarily expressive, turning Lafourcade’s inside world into something tangible and alluring for her audience.

The album, comprising three Lafourcade originals, three traditional songs, and a selection of Mexican pop classics, is a masterclass in curation—no song on here fails to articulate the artist’s passion and talent. From the lively percussion and group serenade of opener “Danza de Gardenias” to the languid traditional ballad “La Llorona” all the way through to instrumental closer “Gavota,” Lafourcade negotiates out of each song a sensibility drenched in delight and warmth. Always floating exquisitely atop the bright arrangements, her voice navigates the variety of melodies with a smoothness and emotional flexibility that reminds one of Nara Leão’s Dez Anos Depois, Françoise Hardy’s La question, and other such intimate documents of the kind soul.

Musas Vol. 2 also happens to be a bit long, and for good measure stacks its three longest tracks back to back to back. This can prove to be a problem when one sits down with the record—each song deserves your attention but it’s only natural to trail off a bit during the second half. Yet there is pleasure to be found in so many little nooks and crannies of the songwriting that it's easy to forgive this small structural flaw.

One has at some point to stand back and wonder at the artist’s ability to coax these delectable nuggets of chord and melody out of each composition: check out the absurdly moving ending to Maria Grever’s “Alma Mia,” Lafourcade's voice reaching on its tippy toes to the heights of effervescence, or the airy harmonies of Benigno Lara Foster’s “Desdeñosa,” both of these treated with a kind of reverence and particular emphasis by the interpreter. Perhaps you’ll forgive me for putting down words on a page before doing my proper research into an exciting discography: this is a smooth, addictive album, full of little surprises and pleasures, and one that will surely set me searching for further renditions and shades of Natalia Lafourcade's sparkling personality.



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2018


16066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

this is the first review in a while I've felt compelled to write soon after hearing the album for the first time, so forgive the possible handwaving on details...or don't

Tchitcherine
May 9th 2018


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this record very much too, first thought it is just very sweet, but it is also amazing

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2018


1134 Comments


I’ve been listening to vol. 1 since last year. “Soledad el y mar” gets consistent plays from me. I keep meaning to check this out. Now I will!

Atari
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2018


23318 Comments


enjoyed the review! gonna give this a spin

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TwigTW
May 10th 2018


3134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a good one.

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Nikkolae
May 10th 2018


5285 Comments


this is an awesome review, though to be quite honest her debut and this couldnt be further away from each other sonically, also, though this is quite awesome, I much rather Hasta La Raiz since its all original music from her.

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trackbytrackreviews
May 10th 2018


3360 Comments


Hasta La Raíz is the best thing she’s done for sure

Nikkolae
May 10th 2018


5285 Comments


agreed hard

iglu
May 10th 2018


182 Comments


never thought I'd see a Natalia review on here

trackbytrackreviews
May 11th 2018


3360 Comments


yo tampoco pero :^)

iglu
May 11th 2018


182 Comments


Que bonito :')

iglu
May 11th 2018


182 Comments


Que bonito :')



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