September 27, 2018

Julieta Venegas - Lim贸n Y Sal (2006)

Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish (Espa帽ol)
Genre: Latin Rock, Latin Pop
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© 2006 Sony BMG Music Entertainment
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
A couple years removed from her mainstream breakthrough album, S铆 (2002), and its string of perfect pop hits, Julieta Venegas returned with a similar album, Lim贸n y Sal. It's difficult to fault her for doing so. Certainly, her earlier rock en espa帽ol work -- Aqu铆 (1998) and Bueninvento (2000) -- was critically acclaimed and remains well regarded. Her partnership with super-producer Gustavo Santaolalla for those masterstrokes vaulted her into the esteemed company of rock en espa帽ol revolutionaries of the time like Caf茅 Tacuba and Aterciopelados. But it didn't equate to mainstream success, as that music was generally rough-edged and could be downright confrontational. S铆 and Lim贸n y Sal are a different story altogether -- upbeat, sunny, and just plain lovely albums of well-crafted pop songs that demand adoration, thanks partly to key collaborators Coti Sorokin and Cachorro L贸pez, who serve as producers as well as producers. Neither S铆 nor Lim贸n y Sal is particularly long -- 35 and 45 minutes, respectively -- nor is either all that ambitious. Sure, the songs showcase a stylistic m茅lange, embracing the occasional hip-hop beat or accordion accompaniment. Yet a steady acoustic guitar strum is always omnipresent, as is a firm pop song foundation highlighted by a singalong chorus. In a way, it's a little unfortunate that Venegas has put the Sturm und Drang of her youth behind her; Aqu铆 and Bueninvento were truly brilliant and bold. Her newfound knack for more universally appealing music is itself a blessing nonetheless, for these new songs are easy to enjoy and, relative to much contemporaneous Latin pop (think RBD), superlative in craft. Highlights here are abundant -- you can pick any track, practically -- but like its predecessor, Lim贸n y Sal kicks off with a few true gems: "Canci贸nes de Amor," "Me Voy," and "Primer D铆a," the latter notably featuring a rap by Dante Spinetta of Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas fame. Even during the sad songs, like the spare "脷ltima Vez," a genuine joie de vivre burns brightly, making it clear for the second album in a row that Venegas is moving her music into a new direction. That this new direction has brought with it greater popularity is an added bonus.

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