El Mal Querer

Rosalía - El Mal Querer
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #7 / 679
User Score
Based on 255 ratings
2018 Ratings: #10
November 2, 2018 / Release Date
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Sony España / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

It’s not terribly straightforward and it’s a very long way indeed from Despacito. Or anything else in the charts. But that’s its appeal. Whether it heralds the arrival of a new pop phenomenon or not, El Mal Querer is the calling card of a unique new talent.

88
Pitchfork
It is one of the most exciting and passionately composed albums to appear not only in the global bass tradition but in the pop and experimental spheres this year.
80
Rolling Stone

Rosalía’s new album, El Mal Querer, is less rigorous than its predecessor, though even easier to like.

80
AllMusic

There is as much subtlety in both the compositions and production as there is drama, all of it imbued with restless soul via Rosalía's singular voice that marries the folk lineage of flamenco to 21st century styles and sounds, making El Mal Querer not only a provocative and original offering, but a magnificent one as well.

80
The Needle Drop

Rosalía makes a fantastic transition into modern pop aesthetics without sacrificing her flamenco roots.

Pamford45
90
I'm hispanic and being able to fully understand what she says is a blessing.

I don't even like flamenco but this seems like the reasonable evolution of it. She took the outdated sound of the genre and implemented elements of modern music like trap. Then, inside this foundation, she worked on an amazing concept album very reminiscent of the themes of the genres she's working on. It feels polished, refreshing and most importantly, it sounds fucking good.

Major props to her. She made me love a ... read more
the13thbeach
100
It's almost 2 AM in Connecticut. I'm listening to El Mal Querer for the third time, and it just confirms that this album is a 100 for me. I don't give perfect scores out on a regular basis, and I especially don't usually give out perfect scores so soon, but it feels right with this album. When I listen to El Mal Querer, I think of my experience studying abroad in Spain back in 2015. I wonder about what my Spanish ancestors were doing before they left Spain to go to what is now Colombia and ... read more
morningsbell
67
Definitely an intriguing album with some groovy moments, but maybe it's because I'm not really used to what it is, I don't find it to be that enjoyable. Sounds kinda like a mix of latin pop and kpop to me, but the more traditionally influenced moments saved the album.
vas_y_vienes
84
A very good album but not the best modern flamenco one of this year, that spot is to Niño del Elche (more experimental than pop).

Btw, shout out to my boy El Guincho here.

EDIT: cmon guys, Flamenco =/= latin pop. The only thing both genres share is the language.
WildChameleon
60
Maybe I'm just not a huge fan of pop. But the problem here is that many call this "flamenco influence". I see several flamenco's show in spain (not the ones that are diffused worldwide but more intimated ones) and I have to say that el mar querer failed to this part.
Flamenco isn't just clapping hands and wear a typical dress. There are more moves of course but there is also a stong attitude. It's intense. It's not just few sonorities in order to sounding "flamenco". It ... read more
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Track List

  1. MALAMENTE
  2. QUE NO SALGA LA LUNA
  3. PIENSO EN TU MIRÁ
  4. DE AQUÍ NO SALES
  5. RENIEGO
  6. PRESO
  7. BAGDAD
  8. DI MI NOMBRE
  9. NANA
  10. MALDICIÓN
  11. A NINGÚN HOMBRE
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Added on: September 13, 2018