Michael Endelman
May 19, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Son

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Juana Molina
Producers
Domino
genre
Folk
We gave it a B+

The sleepy-voiced Argentinean folkie creates a hushed, intimate mood on her third American release, Son. Juana Molina’s far from a typical guitar-strumming coffeehouse crooner, though. She not only sings in Spanish, her jittery digital percussion and off-center arrangements add a twist to the proceedings. For instance, ”Micael” starts as a luminous ballad but ends as a syncopated Latin percussion jam. Other unexpected moments include the woozy synth squiggles of ”Malherido” and the chirping birds opening ”La Verdad.” Multitracking herself on cuts like ”No Seas Antipática,” Molina turns her thin pipes into a stunning wall of sound. Even for Anglos, the spellbinding Son needs no translation.

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