Kali Uchis - Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞
Although Kali Uchis releasing her second album in Spanish could be seen as a huge hinder and overly risky move, the Colombian singer is aware of how this might make her fanbase react, even tweeting “today i drop another song in spanish which i know means another day of disappointment for my english speaking fans who do not wish to make the attempt to listen to music in languages they can’t understand.” Sure, this might be the reaction from some fans, but if you take the time to listen to this bright-latin infused album, you’ll be in for a real treat that won’t leave your mind for weeks straight.
Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞ is an amazing and truly breathtaking release from Kali. It doesn’t follow the same lines and neo-soul sound that her acclaimed debut “Isolation” had, but this album shows immense growth in Kali’s music. The vast array of genres included in “Isolation” didn’t make it on this full length, but instead replaced with a strong reggae influence and sound. For any fan of her, this should be a wet dream of an album, and I’m sure it can convince some outsiders to become a fan of hers as well. That's reality what makes Uchis' second album such a great release, the now Latin turned pop singer doesn't stop her experimentation with R&B sounds, her Spanish flows only further boost her explorations into the genre. Despite the language change, the majority of this album does not sound like Latin inspired music, but it truly isn’t at its core, save for songs like ”te pongo mal(prendelo)”, with the slick reggaeton tone, and the closer “ángel sin cielo” has a cute Latin guitar.
One of my favorite songs on this album, that blends genres and languages is the Rico Nasty assisted collab “¡aquí yo mando!”, which constantly grabs the listener’s attention with a very stylish way to bring back in some of her English speaking - outsider fans. Nasty’s verse is melodic rap perfection, and it goes perfectly with the hip hop beat that flips the same time as the language does. (It also rhymes in both languages, with the lines "They wanna know what it cost me" and the following, "De esas perras me cansé"). It flows together perfectly, not to mention Rico and Kali have unbeatable chemistry together. “vaya con dios” goes in an overly grand direction, with some pretty strings and peak vocals. The song closes with another moment where she uses both Spanish and English vocals, with the closing "No sé si lo volveré a ver, vaya con Dios", that switches to "When the angels come to carry me from Earth". On some of the deeper cuts, Uchis explores some of her older, aforementioned styles, on songs like telepatía and //aguardiente y limón %ᵕ‿‿ᵕ%, the former uses a back-and-forth English to Spanish verse, which would also undeniably fit on “Isolation”. These songs prove that Kali is not trying to let down her fans in any way, she is just showing how versatile and soulful she truly is.
If somehow Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞ didn’t catch your ears on at least one track, then the language barrier (which, in my honest opinion should not be an issue or a problem for anyone) might have hindered that listener, but the blame is all on them. It truly isn’t hard to look into the lyrical themes online, or better yet just enjoy the fun beats and stunning production. Uchis ultimately gives her Spanish-speaking fans a mainstream album that despite not being completely loved by everyone, (some people going as far to call it a cash grab) it still shows off all of the best sides of mainstream Latin-Pop/Reggation in a fresh manner. If you are disappointed because this album isn’t in English, just imagine how Kali’s Spanish fans felt when Isolation came out. Popular music has never revolved around anyone, it is enjoyable by all.
Best Songs - fue mejor, //aguardiente y limón %ᵕ‿‿ᵕ%, ¡aquí yo mando!, vaya con dios, que te pedí//, telepatía
Worst Song - no eres tu(soy yo)
Final Score - 8.6/10