12 O'Clock Track: Natalia Lafourcade,"Oración Caribe"

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Natalia Lafourcade
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On her first album in three years, dynamic Mexican pop singer Natalia Lafourcade looks to one of her homeland's most revered singers and songwriters, Agustín Lara, giving his ubiquitous boleros and cabaret-style songs a modern sheen. Mujer Divina (Sony Music, Mexico—like Lafourcade's previous album, 2009's Hu Hu Hu, it hasn't been released in the U.S.) is a series of duets with stars of contemporary Latin pop, including León Larregui (of Zoe), Miguel Bosé, Alex Ferreira, and Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil. The treatments don't push the pop envelope as she's done previously; this is clearly a love letter to her musical roots and an effort to expose a younger audience to Lara's songs. Today's 12 O'Clock Track is her version of "Oración Caribe," one of four songs on the album by María Teresa Lara, Augustín's sister. Her duet partner is sophisticated Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler.

photo: Azael Rodríguez

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