If you are a fan of females artists such as Bjork, Santogold, MIA, Feist or of male artists like Radiohead, David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, and if the `Mali Music` or `Monkey: Journey to the West` phase of Damon Albarn musical career is something you enjoyed, then Juana Molina should be right up your street (phew).
Her newest release `Un Dia` is filled with songs that range anywhere from the sweet and heartfelt like `Vive Solo` (where there`s a hint of Jane`s Addiction) and `Los Hongos De Marosa` to the more experimental tribal jazz drones laced with electronica of the title track and `No Llama`. It doesn`t matter if you can`t understand what she is saying half the time because the music takes over and tells you all you need to know. This is such a "sweet" little album, you can`t help but like it. It`s experimental enough to be cool but put together with enough skill and care that you truly appreciate sitting back and listening to it. Juana uses her voice as a real instrument as well as the glue that helps to hold all the odd percussion and random sounds that fill the album. Throw in a little pop sensibility and it all adds up to a lot of fun.
As the lyrics to `Un Dia` say (translated) "One day I will sing the songs with no lyrics and everyone can imagine for themselves if it`s abut love, disappointment, banalities or about Plato" and Juana Molina has done just that. She has made an album that anyone anywhere can listen to and enjoy regardless of what language you speak. The music (wait for it) speaks for itself.
8 out of 10
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