It's a bit jarring to see Mexican alt-rockera Julieta Venegas posed demurely in a wedding dress, against a pink background, on the cover of Si. Inside, the 10-track disc reflects the sugary switch, offering sweet pop arran... more »gements and wide-eyed musings on love. Venegas' last two albums, Aqui and Bueninvento, were moodier, more introspective affairs. Savvy marketing move? Maybe, but it's given Venegas the most successful, most accessible album of her career thus far. Si is an irresistible valentine of an album, anchored by Venegas' heartfelt vocal delivery and quirky musical choices, from pop and disco to reggae and hip-hop. Songs like "Lento, Andar Conmigo and Algo Esta Cambiando" sparkle especially brightly. Venegas may still be searching for a defining sound, but listening to her take the journey on Si is sure to put a smile on a listener's face. --Joey Guerra« less
It's a bit jarring to see Mexican alt-rockera Julieta Venegas posed demurely in a wedding dress, against a pink background, on the cover of Si. Inside, the 10-track disc reflects the sugary switch, offering sweet pop arrangements and wide-eyed musings on love. Venegas' last two albums, Aqui and Bueninvento, were moodier, more introspective affairs. Savvy marketing move? Maybe, but it's given Venegas the most successful, most accessible album of her career thus far. Si is an irresistible valentine of an album, anchored by Venegas' heartfelt vocal delivery and quirky musical choices, from pop and disco to reggae and hip-hop. Songs like "Lento, Andar Conmigo and Algo Esta Cambiando" sparkle especially brightly. Venegas may still be searching for a defining sound, but listening to her take the journey on Si is sure to put a smile on a listener's face. --Joey Guerra
"Yes! Si! Oui!, este es una de las artistas mexicanas que realmente escribe, canta, toca su música, el albúm en sí no es supremo, pero Julieta Venegas se merece todo el exito obtenido por este disco, "ANDAR CONMIGO" ha sido su exito más fuerte en la radio, no se le puede acusar de tratar de comercializarse, por que ANDAR CONMIGO tiene su mérito, y no es cualquier canción, solo por la inteligencia de este sencillo, el resto del disco es digerible y predecible, pero los temás que se tocan son más profundos que el primer corte promocional, vale la pena darle una revizada a los dos trabajos anteriores que son tan bien muy buenos, en especial el sencillo SERIA FELIZ. Este disco vale la pena, porque es una latina con talento y agallas para cantar lo que siente."
Julieta has grown, she's happy now. Nothing wrong with that
Alonso Blanco Velo | Huddersfield, UK | 03/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ive read so many reviews of Julieta fans critizising her new work for being too pop, too happy feely... complaining she does no longer generate dark songs, bitter witty lyrics... The problem with that is that people go through stages, sad ones, dark ones and even happy ones! She's a happy girl now! That is what is coming out of her... Nothing wrong with that... I love her work. "sticky" tunes do not equate commercial bubble gum pop... Give it a try and understand it for what it is; a different album, a different stage. I keep her last 2 albums close to my heart, and although this one is completely different, Julieta Venegas still is."
Si te gusta SI, te encantara Limon y sal/If you like SI, you
B. Lockhart | Davis, CA USA | 09/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Or maybe vice versa. I'd give them both 5 stars y mas. Both CDs are bright, vibrant, and full of Julieta in LOVE with LIFE. Se nota de repente. I just discovered her through "Limon y sal" when it was released earlier this year, and slowly became captivated. One of millions...I know. I'm a latecomer, but a very content one. She has that mysterious inner "algo" that just connects naturally with that same mystic "algo" inside each of us, her "captivados". It's not exactly "duende", but it's damn close. It's captivating nonetheless. Talent, "duende" y belleza. It's a delicious triple threat.
I've enjoyed discovering her catalog going backwards in time. I fell in love both thru her music and video work (thank God for youtube & KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectico). I think, like a fellow reviewer, it happened at the exact moment while watching the video of "Lento". She's probably garnered thousands of suitors "pediendole la mano" on the strength of that song, and of course, "Andar conmigo" alone. I also enjoy her first two alternative flavored works even if she sounds the role of the disgruntled lover a lot. Knowing her, at the time, she was probably just channeling that phase of life. It's all fine stuff.
I cut my teeth on the music of Lennon & McCartney, George Harrison, Neil Young, Prince, and great female artists from Sam Phillips back to Joni Mitchell. Add to that Spanish stuff like Mecano, Pata Negra, Kiko Veneno, Camaron de la Isla, and more recently, Estrella Morente...to name a few. Julieta joins fine company.
As they say in Spain, "la tia es cojonudo...y su musica tambien...". I was lucky enough to spend four years teaching there back in the late "la movida" era of early Almodovar, 1985-1989, en el foro, Madrid. In fact, I think she's touring there now. I hope she meets Kiko Veneno and Estrella Morente, two artists who she's mentioned she admires, and gets a chance to collaborate. Que camino mas bueno seria con esa mezcla de artistas....
By the way, if you have a 5.1 setup, buy the dual disc of "Limon y sal". Tastefully done (I just wrote my first review of her for that disc) and the 5.1 sweet spot won't ever get much sweeter. You also get the DVD versions of her video work, "Me Voy" and an MTV "making of" video that's enjoyable and gives a good glimpse of her and her Buenos Aires (no digo boludeces...) work in the studio...Pa' saborear, todo.
Finally, I hope she makes her way back to CA, Sur y Norte, so I get a chance to see her in concert. She deserves to make it here in "Gringolandia" too."
Julieta's crossover to pop is a success
Andres C. Salama | Buenos Aires, Argentina | 03/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas somewhat of a breakthrough album, as she left behind her previous punk/rock sound to a more pop style. The change apppears upfront in the album's kitschy cover, showing Julieta as a traditional bride dressed in white against a pink background. Predictably, some people have accused Julieta of selling out, but there are many great songs here: Lento (great video as well), the mexican folk-inspired Andar conmigo, Algo esta Cambiando, Oleada and others. This was her first work produced by Coti Sorokin and Cachorro Lopez, and the results are better (at least in my opinion) than the previous productions by Gustavo Santaolalla. She would make another album with Sorokin and Lopez, Limon y Sal, which I think is even better than Si, but this album is very much worthwhile listening to. "