2020 Grammys

Julieta Venegas, "Bien o Mal"

Track Review

Julieta Venegas is unique among Latin alternative artists in her mainstream pop appeal. Chalk it up to her ability to produce smart music that doesn't sound laboriously stylized or overwrought-a skill she demonstrates once again on her latest single, "Bien o Mal." Venegas keeps it simple with a few basic ingredients: a crunchy acoustic guitar, accordion, a touch of synth and spare, uncomplicated lyrics. With an almost reggae-like rhythm behind the hook, she approaches the uncertainty of new love with the honesty and sweetness of someone who's never known it. "If it's good/I thank you and I'll reciprocate," she sings in Spanish. "If it's bad, I'll cry as I never have/ Meanwhile, I'm betting it all to find out." As with Venegas' other accessible, quirky tunes, expect to find this one synched in a commercial at some point. -Ayala Ben-Yehuda


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