Scotland has Belle and Sebastian. Mexico has Julieta Venegas. If ever there were a twee Latin rock artist, Venegas would be its reigning queen.
In 15 years of recording, Venegas has evolved, but she has always remained true to a delicate yet strong sensibility rooted in Mexican ranchera music. Her latest album, Los Momentos, features electronics to a degree never heard on her previous records. She wrote most of the songs on piano and recorded at home so she could be close to her first child.
Over the weekend, this stripped-back sound required a smaller band than usual, just five musicians including herself, at the Fillmore Miami Beach Fillmore. The venue was also nearly half-empty, and considering the sing-alongs to every tune except her new material, not many who showed up seemed that familiar with Los Momentos.
It's a shame, because it's as great a work as any of her earlier five albums.
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