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Segundo [CD]

Juana Molina Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B0001W30RW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Martin Fierro
2. Quien?
3. Perro
4. Que Lluvia!
5. Visita
6. Quiero
7. Mantra del Bicho Feo
8. Desconfiado
9. Zorzal
10. Pastor Mentiroso
11. Misterio Uruguayo
12. Vaca Que Cambia de Querencia
13. Medlong
14. Sonamos

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Prior to Segundo, Juana Molina set aside the budding musical career she'd pursued since childhood to become one of TV's most acclaimed comedians in her native Argentina. Her original muse may have been denied for seven years, but was never forgotten; indeed, Molina has managed something of an unexpected musical delight here. Her breathy, gentle vocals haunt unusual song structures and the album's quiet, playful production seems like some restless ghost, wandering a sonic landscape that's as electro as it is Latin. That pan-cultural, less-is-more sense is rare on any collection, let alone on a sophomore album (Rara was released in her native country in 1996) cobbled together between club gigs while living in Los Angeles.

Driven by an insistent, plaintive guitar and producer/collaborator Alejandro Franov's delicate, bubbling synth riffs, Molina's unusually structured songs often seem to float in on a breeze and escape on a daydream. She's claimed the album was recorded in moments near the edge of sleep, and that stream-of-unconscious tack variously involves rhythmic choruses of barking dogs, ticking watches and rainforest soundscapes--most so delicately rendered they sometimes seem an auditory illusion--seasoned with impossibly plastic washes of synth and carried by Molina's sweetly somnambulistic vocals. More impressive, Molina's songwriting sense seems as inscrutably subconscious. This is a rare, true musical adventure from first track to last. --Jerry McCulley,

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, quirky, intriguing... 24 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
Juana Molina's 'Segundo' (Second) could perhaps best be summed up as pastoral electronica, with pulsing soundscapes and field recorded (literally!) samples intertwined with Juana's delicate voice and acoustic guitar. The opening track 'Martin Fierro' sets verses of Argentinas greatest epic poem of the same name (a tale of a set upon gaucho (cowboy) trying to live a peaceful against the backdrop of war and urbanisation in 19th century Argentina) against a building chorus of electronic swoops and twangs. Further highlights include 'El Perro' (The Dog) with the barks and yelps of her 'best friend' punctuating and climaxing the track and 'La Visita' (The Visit) telling the tale of a journey accompanying her mother around Los Angeles with its highlights of the 99 Cent store and architecture by Neutra, Lloyd-Wright and Schindler. If you know Spanish it will help but even without it this music envelops and delights on repeated listens.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something Different 17 Nov 2003
By Larry White - Published on
Format:Audio CD
We first heard a cut from this album on the car radio, seemingly caught between stations. After spending a full minute trying to tune it in (and possibly causing some vehicular damage along the way), it dawned on us that it already was. The music on 'Segundo' is atmospheric, seductive, captivating and strange. Juana Molina is, oddly, an Argentian comedian/musician with a beguiling whisper of a voice. But it is her talent as a producer which dominates this cd and makes it a unique and pleasant listening experience. Complex and compelling rhythms and melodies, a dream-like wash of acoustic and electric instruments, and a torrent of Hollywood sound effects from barking dogs to crying babies. The fact that we don't understand the language (except for an occasional jarring sprinkle of English) allows the spell to be cast that much deeper.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently Beautiful 14 Mar 2004
By Jorge Marcelo Cino - Published on
Format:Audio CD
A mother who leaves her daughter.
A dog that never stops barking.
A preacher who plays with people's illusions.
Little stories and brief moments constitute the lyrical core of Segundo. The musical arragements (which compliments acoustic sounds with electronic/industrial/organ chords) all serve to further illustrate the stories portrayed.
At once fragile and strong, slow-paced but energetic, melancholic but hilarious, intimate but distant, Segundo has Juana Molina singing songs that will stay in your head like the most commercial 3 minute pop song ever, but by doing the exact oposite.
PD. I strongly suggest you try to find her latest album, 3 Cosas, which deals with the post modern world (in the lyrics) from a Yoga point of view (in the music).
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful summer record 6 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Out here in LA, KCRW has been playing Juana Molina for a while but it was impossible to find her album, but it's finally been released. Although she is from Argentina, Segundo not really a "world" album. It's more in line with Mum, Bjork, a little Beth Orton, and Lali Puna. There is the sound of quiet electronic beats meshed with acoustic guitar and her voice, which is really delicate and airy. She just happens to sing in Spanish, so I have no idea what her lyrics are like. But it doesn't really matter when it's this pretty.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful summertime record 30 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I heard a review of this album on NPR's All Things Considered
and it sounded amazing. Because Juana sings in Spanish,
I don't understand what she is saying - but it doesn't even matter.
I don't know Icelandic, so I have no idea what Mum or Sigur Ros are singing either, and half
the time Cat Power makes no sense. But with
a voice as beautiful as Juana's, the language barrier
makes no difference. Musically, the production reminds me
of mellow Stereolab crossed with the folkier side of Beth Orton.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hum-along Melodies w/ subtle Industrial Noises 4 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Juana Molina sings in a quiet, pleasant, soft but strong whisper, catchy melodies that are instantly your own and a joy to hum along. (She doesn't sing in English, and oddly that doesn't matter). Add industrial noises - ever so quietly moaning in the far background, like a lovesick ghost, and sometimes bubbling to the surface - a great complement (and contradiction) to her gentle voice. Lots of uptempo rhythms smoothly blended in (never stealing the show) keep this quiet mood energized. This is headphone music. Her album bears repeated listenings. The liner notes tell us Juana Molina does all (or nearly all) the sounds, and the production. Her album definitely bears repeated listenings. Take it from a Simon and Garfunkle / Nine Inch Nails fan. (P.S. It seems to me the samples here cut too short, before you get the full taste.)
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