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Album Review

After the considerable commercial and critical success of 2005's Casa (including a Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album), Natalia Lafourcade opted for strengthening her creative independence, becoming involved in several collaborations, releasing her own a EP of instrumental music, and temporarily moving to Ottawa, Canada — quite a contrast to México City. It was during her stay in Ottawa that she wrote most of the material for Uh Uh Uh, including her first three songs in English. The album sees Lafourcade moving away from the electro-pop of Casa and enthusiastically expanding the experimental tendencies latent in her previous work. If in the past she has been routinely compared to Shakira, Nelly Furtado, or Julieta Venegas (who shares vocals on the playful title track), the more mature and cosmopolitan Lafourcade of Uh Uh Uh appears to be traveling on the same wavelength of artists such as Joanna Newsom, Juana Molina, Bat for Lashes, or CocoRosie — in short, the entire generation of female singer/songwriters spawned by the music and image of Björk, whose influence is all over the place on Uh Uh Uh. This can easily be seen in the emphasis on the elaboration of vocal textures, taking as its point of departure a childlike voice, the mixture of acoustic and electronic instruments and sounds, or in song structures being replaced by the building up of mantra-like patterns. The difference between Lafourcade and the other artists mentioned is that she manages to mutate the "weird" into "cute," retaining her naïve teen sensibility (most evident in the lyrics) over any artistic pretensions. The results are perhaps less imposing, but certainly more immediately ear-friendly, poppier. Once again, Lafourcade trusted Café Tacuba's Emmanuel del Real with the production. Aided by the equally intriguing arrangements of Yon Garfias, the decision was surely a key factor in the artistic triumph that is Uh Uh Uh, by far Natalia Lafourcade's most creative and interesting album to date.

Customer Reviews

As good as it gets

Todos sabemos del talento de Natalia, buscadora, inquieta y sin miedos. Si todas las cantantes mexicanas fueran como ella, el mundo sería un mejor lugar. Benny Ibarra De Llano

A more mature Natalia

Natalia is one of my favorite singers and I am glad she has finally come back, as a solo artist. This is not too different from what she does best, plays acoustic, but it has a mature sound but still has those sweet lyrics about being hurt or not being as pretty as others. Natalia sings about so many different topics but it always has her own unique touch. Very impressed with this album and there is also a duet with her and Julieta Venegas (My all time favorite singer) on Hu Hu Hu and she also sings in English. You will not be disappointed, it's really some of her best work. Download: Cursis Melodias, Hu Hu Hu, Ella Es Bonita, Nino Hojos, Azul, and Hora de Compartir.

Great ART!!

What Natalia possess isn't talent it is GENIUS! GENIUS! Viva LaForquetina!!


Born: February 26, 1984 in Mexico City, Mexico

Genre: Pop Latino

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the more colorful and charismatic pop artists to emerge in Mexico during the early 2000s, Natalia Lafourcade debuted in 2003 with a fascinating solo effort before switching to a rock band format, Natalia y la Forquetina, and proved herself worthy of acclaim in whatever guise she chose. Born Natalia Lafourcade Silva on February 26, 1984, in Mexico City, she took an early interest in music as her parents were musicians. She knew at an early age that she wanted to become an artist, and over the...
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Hu Hu Hu, Natalia Lafourcade
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop Latino, Music, Latino
  • Released: May 28, 2009

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