15 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

You might not watch Alfonso Cuarón's deeply personal story inspired by his family's housekeeper in 1970s Mexico City and think of El-P or Billie Eilish. But this genre-hopping compilation is meant to invoke the spirit, if not the letter, of the largely scoreless Oscar-nominated film. Only a handful of the songs are in Spanish or feel like they could have come from the era itself—Jessie Reyez's ballad “Con el Viento” among them—while Ibeyi's “Cleo Who Takes Care of You” is the exception that overtly references the plot. What binds the songs together, even from seemingly incongruent artists, is a hazy, dreamlike tension—from Beck's majestic cover of the 1982 Colourbox song “Tarantula” to Patti Smith's reprise of her own “Wing” from 1996. But the biggest revelation may be Cuarón's teenage daughter Bu, whose “PSYCHO” is pure contemporary pop, positioned perfectly alongside Billie Eilish's skittish “When I Was Older.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

You might not watch Alfonso Cuarón's deeply personal story inspired by his family's housekeeper in 1970s Mexico City and think of El-P or Billie Eilish. But this genre-hopping compilation is meant to invoke the spirit, if not the letter, of the largely scoreless Oscar-nominated film. Only a handful of the songs are in Spanish or feel like they could have come from the era itself—Jessie Reyez's ballad “Con el Viento” among them—while Ibeyi's “Cleo Who Takes Care of You” is the exception that overtly references the plot. What binds the songs together, even from seemingly incongruent artists, is a hazy, dreamlike tension—from Beck's majestic cover of the 1982 Colourbox song “Tarantula” to Patti Smith's reprise of her own “Wing” from 1996. But the biggest revelation may be Cuarón's teenage daughter Bu, whose “PSYCHO” is pure contemporary pop, positioned perfectly alongside Billie Eilish's skittish “When I Was Older.”

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Djmsculpt ,

Kugelblitz, get a clue!

I would love to know the story behind this albums creation.
A great companion to the film!
Beck's contribution is, of course, a cover of This Mortal Coil's song from 1986.

Kugelblitz ,

Meh, Con el Viento shines among dim company

Con el Viento was my favorite for its unique vocal journey through melody. The rest have elements of originality but end up being recycled instead of continuing to tell an unfolding story. I was disappointed to hear Beck’s hit, the most popular song on the album, almost completely rip “Pride” verse melody from U2. Why can’t such big names write something more their own? Sounds like a very sad movie.

BloveD1 ,

If not the album, consider ✨Beck🔥

Just buy it. Beck is a musical wizard of rhythm and here we can experience his amazing vocals. Tarantula is gorgeous. Beck can never be outdone, and perhaps this proves his talents in a fresh way-his Dad David Campbell beautifully orchestrates, Beck soulfully captivates, so yes I love and recommend