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Half Mexican American, half Jewish American and all rainbow chile, singer Lhasa de Sela's Spanish-language, world music/alt-rock debut shimmers with honest emotionalism, with no trace of the posturing and whining that passes these days for deep, girlish thoughts. The girl's young, but she's equipped with imagination, confidence, and technique enough to take that husky, urgent alto anywhere she wants. And she goes there. Guitarist-producer-arranger Yves Desrosiers cloaks all this splendor in rapturous arrangements that include, among other elements, the sound of rain, flamenco-influenced guitar, and a slide bass of his own design. Even if you don't understand Spanish, you can't miss the point ... the feelings. Lhasa's just begun, but her stranger-than-fiction background and dazzling gifts already place her among music's top-rung storytellers. --Elena Oumano

1. De Cara A La Pared
2. Le Celestina
3. El Desierto
4. Por Eso Me Quedo
5. El Payande
6. Los Peces
7. Floricanto
8. Desdenosa
9. El Pajaro
10. Mi Vanidad
11. El Arbol Del Olvido

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000009MV1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Her story begins in Big Indian, a tiny village perched among the Catskill mountains, although she didn't stay there long. Lhasa's (full name Lhasa de Sela) idealistic and unconventional parents rejected routine and stability, preferring to follow life wherever it might lead them. For seven years, the family would crisscross the United States and Mexico in a converted school bus, ... Read more in Amazon's Lhasa De Sela Store

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Beautiful arrangements, beautiful melodies, beautiful voice.
Nadine Khouri
Although the songs are all entirely in Spanish a non-Spanish speaker can understand the songs because the booklet is bilingual.
Enrique Torres
If you are looking for a feel good album with incredible songs that keep you asking, why can't all music be so good.
Darren Rennie

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on November 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After reading all the rave reviews for the past few years I decided to break down and get this CD. The art cover closed the deal. I was even more impressed to find out she did it. Where to begin describing something so unique and different? There is only one Lhasa de Sala, there is no mold so they'll be no copies. The only voices I've heard that remind me of hers are Linda Ronstandt on her excursions into Espanol and Edith Piaf. Listen to the opening track, "De Cara a la Pared" as she hauntingly invites you into her own cabaret, joining in as though her voice is a violin, softly, seductively enticing the listener entry into her world. The comparisons to the two above mentioned artists stop there and really do no justice to her brand of music created with Yves Desprosiers. This is really a collaboration as Desprosiers pens many of the songs with her and plays no less than eight instruments! He also is the producer. Of course the focus is the voice of Lhasa but the guitar and acordian work Desporsiers lend to the CD give it the sidewalk cafe sound. It is not just her vocals and the beautiful arrangements but the cutting lyrics that stand on their strength alone. Although the songs are all entirely in Spanish a non-Spanish speaker can understand the songs because the booklet is bilingual. To say that Lhasa's songs lament would be an understatement, the pain comes out in her voice even if you don't understand Spanish. There is a mysterious quality to the songs, a spiritual quality, music from deep within her soul, La Llorona cries out. I like to say which songs I particularly like but all the songs are strong and stand out with individual characteristics. If I had to pick one song it would be "Los Peces" because of it's theme, The Virgin Mary, and the simple poetic lyrics she so eloquently demonstrates.Read more ›
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bundtlust TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Some of Lhasa's songs on "La Llorona" sound like they could have come from a Parisian (or Montréal) bistro as easily as from Mexico. Some songs feature accordion and klezmer. Lhasa de Sela is a Mexican-American who lived in Montréal until recently. She grew up travelling across Mexico and the United States in a schoolbus.
"La Llorona" (the Wailing Woman) is the name of a legendary Mexican woman who threw her children into the river in her anger and jealousy. The villagers found her dead as well the next morning, and her ghost continued to roam the earth, wailing for her lost children. That title is appropriate enough for this splendid, unexpected collection of songs (only three are not original).
Lhasa's voice is haunting, much like the mythical wail of "La Llorona." There is an urgency and passion in her singing. My favourite song has to be "De cara a la pared," a haunting waltz with unusual sound effects (rain, splashing, musical saw). I heard Lhasa for the first time on the Canadian TV series Due South, which actually introduced me to a host of lesser-known Canadian talent. I fell in love with the songs and rushed out to buy "La Llorona."
This is my absolute favourite Spanish-language CD in my collection. It is mysterious, uplifting, joyful, and energetic, like Mexico itself. If you're looking for something uniquely Mexican in flavour, something mysterious, passionate and soulful, or simply a change from the ordinary, look no further than Lhasa de Sela's "La Llorona."
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "seidad" on September 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I never waste my time writing reviews, but this is well worth it. Lhasa de Sella not only has talent, but also the insight to make it flourish in meaningful ways. When I hear her, I cannot but wonder why mediocre pop artists make it to the top of the charts in both Spanish and English and she remains practically unknown.
Esta muchacha tiene carisma, tiene talento y en su arte hay profundidad. Sin lugar a dudas, vale la pena no solo oir su música, sino también vibrar con ella, comprenderla como se comprende a un amigo. Lo único que lamento es que la mediocridad reine en los medios hispanos de Estados Unidos y otras partes del mundo y que no se transmita en ellos esta voz melodiosa que me tiene a mi a mis amigos bailando de regocijo.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The music on the album is astoundingly beautiful and heartbreaking. Lhasa's voice is filled with emotion. She's really pouring out her heart and soul into these songs. She sings poetry. She sings of pain, tragedy, love, and hunger. And her words are not words that can be wasted. They are precious words that speak of human truths. In a way, they are very raw...beautiful but raw...like her voice.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I heard Lhasa de Sela last June in San Francisco at the Lilith Festival. Although I myself am a struggling musician with my own CD's to sell, I was enthusiastic enough to want to buy several copies of La Llorona. Unfortunately it wasn't availabe in the US, and over the past several months I had searched for a copy to no avail. I was given the CD last week and have listened to it non-stop since.
Lhasa and her band are obviously deeply steeped in the traditional music of Mexico, Argentina, Spain and Central Europe. But she has an authentic and original voice that is able to transform those influences into something truly original and transcendent. When you hear her voice and melodies, you know she speaks the truth. She sings like a woman of passion who has no place in her life for cynicism or boredom.
Luckily she has a band that knows exactly how to support her vision. The music balances on a strange edge between the haunted loneliness of flamenco and and the topsy-terviness of a small-time circus band.
I will be buying several copies of this CD.
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