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Sunday ACL Fest 2019 Record Reviews

Reviewed by Christina Garcia, October 4, 2019, Music

Rosalía Vila Tobella's potent and arresting second album marries the Spanish artist's decade-plus of flamenco music study with contemporary forms. Pop and hip-hop, her favorite cars and motorcycles, arresting vocal runs, hypnotic Andalusian guitars, and cinematic strings with vocoders; El Mal Querer delivers the deep history of marginalized groups like the Romani to the world dance floor, though not without controversy over its presentation from a woman not Romani herself. Rosalía launched her stardom with the story of a jealous marriage from the pages of 13th century novel, Romance of Flamenca. (Sunday, 4pm, Honda stage)


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