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Already a star in Canada and France, the gifted singer/songwriter Lhasa sets her sights on America with this remarkable multi-cultural effort. The Living Road, the follow-up to her 1998 debut, features her smoky vocals (in French, English, and Spanish) in front with wonderfully understated support that draws upon Mexican folk styles, French chansons, Spanish ballads, and modern-sounding songwriters like Joe Henry or Jim White. The accompaniment is exceptional, but it's Lhasa's voice and lyrics that set her apart. Whereas fellow Mexican-American singer Lila Downs dives into large cultural and political issues, this modern-day torch singer sings about intensely personal experiences and inner thoughts--much of the lyrics are sung in the first person or directed toward another, as if she's writing a letter to a lover. Her sensual phrasing perfectly fits the intimate subject matter, particularly when she sings in French, while her husky timbre exudes inner strength that beyond question. Six years is a long time between albums, but The Living Road was worth the wait.--Tad Hendrickson
Had this recommended to me by a friend and was not disappointed.
Sinuous rhythms and a compelling voice, love it!
Lhasa is a great talent. Here songs are all little pieces of artwork and the voice of this woman is so wonderful and reassuring. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2010 by Attila Zaborszky
A couple of the songs are lovely, but overall the album is just too depressing and grim for me. I like it best when she sings in languages other than English, as then you don't... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2004
A must have the girl from Montreal is back after 6 years and it's worth 12 nice songs little stories around the world in spanish,french and englishPublished on 31 Dec. 2003 by Popeye