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Editors’ Notes

When artists mix pop and hip-hop the results are often a watered-down amalgam, but Ana Tijoux combines the genres with great panache on La Bala. Tijoux, who sings and raps in Spanish—she has roots in Chile and France—has created an album with pleasing variation and flow. On the dramatic title track, Tijoux’s equally effective rapping and singing is backed by reggaeton decked out with chugging strings and gunfire sound effects. The melancholy “Sacar La Voz” moves between Tijoux's emcee work and gentle vocals from Tijoux and Uruguayan singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler. “Si Te Preguntan” features the hard-hitting Cuban hip-hop group Los Aldeanos on a track driven by an insistent horn-like riff. Tinkling bells, synth runs, and heavy bass mark “Mi Mitad,” which has a guest appearance by Javier Barria, while “Las Horas” (with Solo Di Medina) is delightful 21st-century R&B with rumbling drums and fluttering strings. Tijoux saves one of the best songs for last: “Volver” has swoony background vocals and lovely strings, excellent accompaniment for deliciously dreamy lead singing.

Customer Reviews

Great Album!

You can hear the musical growth since the days of Makiza, Ana keeps pushing her sound in a great direction.
I will have to say, I find it a bit insulting that they categorize this album under "reggaeton", I almost didn't gave this a chance because of that.

Anita is great!!

I've been waiting for this since last year. Awesome album and nice follow up of "1977" even if you don't understand, you can still feel the vibe....well done!

First!!! La Primera!!!

Yay, I'm the first review!!! I hadn't heard of Ana Tijoux until iTunes, but I'm glad I did! Her music reminds me of Nelly Furtado with more hip hop than rock. Truly a great album!


Born: June 12, 1977 in Lille, France

Genre: Latin Urban

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Ana Tijoux is French-Chilean songwriter, singer, MC, and recording artist who is well known for her willingness to confront social injustice and for her commitment to nonviolence. Born in France, she is the daughter of two Chilean exiles who left during the rise of the oppressive Pinochet regime during the military coup of 1973. Born in 1977, Tijoux began to rap and dance at the age of 11, before moving back to Chile in 1993. In 1995, she formed her first rap group, Los Gemelos with Zaturno, another...
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