EL MAL QUERER

ROSALÍA - EL MAL QUERER
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #25 / 851
Year End Rank: #25
User Score
2018 Ratings: #14
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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.

90
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.

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
The Needle Drop

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

the13thbeach
NR

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 Puerto Rico (I'm 1/2 Colombian and 1/2 Puerto Rican). I feel nostalgic about when my mother used to put on flamenco records. I get excited about a future where the old guard and the new blood intertwine seamlessly, a future where music and language transcend borders.

Rosalía and Co. ... read more

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 She took the outdated sound of the genre and implemented elements of modern music like trap.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

WhatTheFunk
66

Bueno, hablemos de Rosalía

When at the age of 24 you released an album that shook up the foundations of an extremely old genre, what are you doing the following year to celebrate your 25th birthday? Well, you start again, more head-on, with a fiery look and a little teasing smile.

Rosalía had already amazed everyone in 2017 with "Los ángeles", an intimate, sensual flamenco album, between pride and recollection, between homage to the elders and a strong intention ... read more

100

This album aged like a magnificent wine.

Saoko
88

Pienso En Tu Mira is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard. Beautiful lyrics and that sound cue every few beats or so is pure crack. Overall it’s a very well put together album that tells a story.

Favorite tracks: Pienso en tu Mira, Maldicion, Bagdad

Least favorite: reneigo, nana

90

Amem

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Added on: September 13, 2018