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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Kind Of Magic, 2 Nov 2013
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The Wolf (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wed 21 (Audio CD)
Argentinian singer/sonwriter Juana Molina has over her last several
albums moved increasingly away from her acoustic folk-oriented roots
into the exploration of integrating technology with her muse. This
development seems to me to have been at once both successful and shrewd.

Her new recording 'Wed 21' is a collection of twelve inventions which
demonstrate her tenacity and creativity in an absorbing mix of tricksy
Latin rhythms, sinuous melodies and cleverly-crafted vocal harmonies.
Ms Molina's voice, whilst not being the most powerful of instruments,
has a sensuous breathy charm which more than makes up for its limitations.

Opening track 'Eras' is a cracker; a laid-back staccato composition full
of beguiling beats and nicely off-kilter synth decorations. 'Sin Guia, No'
combines a simple bluesy tune with deliriously spooky shape-shifting vocal
cadences to fine effect and 'Ay, No Se Ofendan' gradually builds from its
hesitant, brooding introduction to an exhilarating climax of riotous tribal
percussion and multi-tracked vocals exploding like fireworks in a night sky.

There's more than a little magic at work here.

I'm happy to have fallen under Ms Molina's spell!

Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 years is too long but another work of genius, 30 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Wed 21 (MP3 Download)
I discovered Juana Molina 2 years ago and have embraced all her albums in that time, the progression to Un Dia was fascinating even going backwards as I did through her albums but that title track always remained my favourite all through the discovery process. Now finally comes the next progression forwards and although I have only just bought the album and played it through twice, all the hypnotic ever-changing rhythms and orchestration take me to a better place yet again.
So far it is in my head as a whole but will change and grow with more listens as does all her work. It echoes and reflects on all her other albums but buzzes (literally on Lo Decidi Yo) with originality and a powerful female sensibility.
During 40 years of getting excited about new music not many artists can stimulate this palate so fully.
Thank you Juana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 11 Feb 2014
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Ricardo "Ricky" (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wed 21 (Audio CD)
This is the very best work by the wonderful Ms Molina - her earlier albums, such as 'Son' are interesting and worth checking out, but this latest makes them sound like preparation for this, the main event. Wed 21 retains some of the weird-folk melodies but marries them to playful, original and real groovy electronics to create some modern psych exotica. Parts remind me of Broadcast, Laika, Autechre and Bjork without ever sounding like any of them. You could even compare to Tropicalia legend Caetano Veloso's later albums with Arto Lindsay, but it's less likely to deter existing fans. Even though I only discovered this in January, it's high on my list of the best of 2013.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 19 Nov 2013
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I'm a long time juana fan, and have to say 'that although 5 years is a long time to wait it has been well worth it, this seems more expansive, encompassing new sounds and rythmns. absolutely love this cd
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