September 27, 2018

Julieta Venegas - Bueninvento (2000)

Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish (Espa√Īol)
Genre: Latin Rock, Pop Rock
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
Julieta Venegas made a remarkable debut in 1998 with Aqu√≠, an album of enormous breadth and boldness. Her follow-up, Bueninvento, is no less bold, though it is more stylistically consistent from beginning to end. The piano songs that characterized the second half of Aqu√≠ are nowhere to be found on Bueninvento, as Venegas instead delves headlong into the style of driving rock en espa√Īol exemplified by "De Mis Pasos," one of the two singles from Aqu√≠. Like "De Mis Pasos," the songs of Bueninvento are driven by drums (often programmed), accordion accents, electric guitar, and compelling choruses. There's also a lot of keyboard, which becomes evident immediately, on the album-opener, "F√©," which sounds like an amped-up rewrite of "C√≥mo S√©," the other single from Aqu√≠. The second song on Bueninvento, "Hoy No Quiero," makes evident the degree to which guitars play a large role in driving these songs with aggressive forward momentum. In fact, the entire opening stretch of songs showcases the qualities of Bueninvento; for instance, "Casa Abandonada," the third song, opens with a minute-long solo accordion riff, while "Enero y Abril," the fourth song, is richly layered with programmed beats. As Bueninvento progresses, the variations in mood and intensity from song to song become the most noticeable aspect of the album: downbeat songs often follow upbeat ones, and loud choruses often cut through the calm opening verses, with a chaotic finale capping off most songs. A few songs toward the end of the album stand tall: "Bueninvento," which rattles along on a nervy beatscape and erupts with strings toward its close; "Ser√≠a Feliz," the successive song, which mesmerizingly seems to sway back and forth; and then "Instant√°nea," which opens with a couple minutes of tense acoustic guitar strumming and fragile singing, then ruptures gloriously. Despite the many standout songs, Bueninvento plays like one long 14-song suite. The songs themselves have their unique characteristics, to be sure, yet end up seeming like sequenced movements when the album finally comes a close after 54 tumultuous minutes. While this can make the album difficult to penetrate at first listen -- make no mistake, this is not pop music -- Bueninvento is a deeply rewarding album, one that is rich with tension and intensity and one that reveals itself a little differently with each listen.

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