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Natalia Lafourcade, 'Musas'
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Natalia Lafourcade, 'Musas'

That Natalia Lafourcade took another deep dive into Latin America's golden age of songwriting wasn't unexpected. Even then, the first volume of Musas is stacked with surprises. While the bulk of the album is made up of well-chosen covers from venerable composers across Latin America, it's the original songs that shine a light on Lafourcade's growth as an artist. "Mexicana Hermosa," a paean to her home country, is simple and refined like an abuela's consommé, while "Soledad el Mar" is a sweet bolero bolstered by the presence of Los Macorinos' nimble guitar work. And lead single "Tú Sí Sabes Quererme" is equal parts powerful, complex and melodic. A.C.

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