Natalia Lafourcade, Ulises Hadjis | Joe’s Bar | International | Chicago Reader
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Natalia Lafourcade, Ulises Hadjis Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Dec. 8, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $30
On last year’s charming and infectious Mujer Divina: Homenaje a Agustin Lara (Sony Music Latin), forward-looking Mexican pop star Natalia Lafourcade took an unexpected but welcome look at one of her country’s biggest stars, Agustin Lara, a great bolero and ballad singer and composer from the 1930s. On previous records she hasn’t come across as overtly concerned with Mexico’s musical legacy, instead charting her own musical path, so it’s not surprising that she avoids period details on Mujer Divina, preferring sweet, bubbly arrangements that sound like dreamy 50s pop records (but don’t undercut the sadness of the songs). She duets with a different male pop singer on almost every track—the international cast includes elder statesman Gilberto Gil and alt-rock artist Devendra Banhart—but Lafourcade never cedes control or loses the aesthetic thread. The album is as gorgeous and cohesive as anything she’s done, and it’s got me looking forward to her next move. —Peter Margasak Ulises Hadjis opens.

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