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Bebe is Maria Nieves Rebolledo Villa from Valencia
and if you have not yet heard her then it is time
to get aquainted. You will not be disappointed.
Her husky, evocative voice is captivating, addictive even.
This is her second album. Her first, 'Pafuera Teleranas',
released in 2004 was a confident and highly enjoyable debut.
The new album 'Y.', however, is a stronger and even more
distinctively idiosyncratic collection.
Hip hop beats meld atmospherically with traditional Spanish
guitar in the beguilingly slinky opening track 'No+Llora'.
A magical introduction and the magic doesn't let up.
'Me Fui' unravels a haunting melody suffused with longing.
The barely audible unaccompanied vocal coda is stunning.
This is music of enchantment.
'Busco-Me' is easily one of the most affecting songs
I have heard this year. Powerful, primative and intoxicating.
'La Bicha' begins with waves and a half-heard whisper.
The rhythmic litany which follows is impossible to keep
still to. The shuffling beat and rasping vocal drag us along
without the slightest power to resist its chaotic charms.
'Se Fue' weaves a spell out of almost nothing.
The simple instrumental arrangement and four-square beat
support another laid-back vocal of mesmerising charm.
Final track 'Uh, Uh, Uh, Uh, Uh' (count them!) brings the
album to a stunning minimalist close. Voice and bass guitar.
No more - no less but so much more just because of it.
Raw talent. Fervent Latin passion. Innate musicality.
Bebe has the lot and I'm besotted - hook, line and sinker.