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Natalia Lafourcade

One of the more colorful and charismatic pop artists to emerge in Mexico during the early 2000s, Natalia Lafourcade debuted in 2003 with a fascinating solo effort before switching to a rock band format, Natalia y la Forquetina, and proved herself worthy of acclaim in whatever guise she chose. Born Natalia Lafourcade Silva on February 26, 1984, in Mexico City, she took an early interest in music as her parents were musicians. She knew at an early age that she wanted to become an artist, and over the course of her childhood she studied accordingly: painting, theater, and music, including such instruments as flute, guitar, piano, and saxophone, as well as singing. Though she attended a Catholic middle school, Instituto Anglo Español, Lafourcade spent several years living with her mother in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico, where they both studied music. Some of her cited contemporary influences are Fiona Apple, Björk, Café Tacuba, and Zuco 103. With time, Lafourcade was taken under the wing of Loris Ceroni, a well-regarded Italian producer perhaps best known for his work with Alejandra Guzman. Recording at Le Dune Estudios in Italy, he produced the bulk of what would later be released by Sony Norte as Natalia Lafourcade (2003), with the remainder of the album produced by Aureo Baqueiro back in Mexico. An eclectic, free-spirited album encompassing everything from gentle bossa nova-style acoustic guitar to hard-hitting dance beats, often within the same song, Natalia Lafourcade is a fascinating album of pop confetti anchored by well-written songs and charismatic singing. It found a captive audience in Mexico, generating four hit singles ("En el 2000," "Busca un Problema," "Elefantes," "Te Quiero Dar"), topping the album chart, and going three-times platinum. Moreover, it wasn't only consumers who were captivated by the album, as Lafourcade earned four Latin Grammy nominations for her debut effort: Song of the Year ("En el 2000"), Best New Artist, Best Rock Solo Vocal Album, and Best Rock Song ("En el 2000"). She also earned a standard Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. In 2004, the following year, Lafourcade assembled a four-piece rock band, Natalia y la Forquetina, also comprising Alonso (drums, programming), Chanona (guitar, bass guitar), and Yuno (accordion, keyboards). Fernando Eimbcke, a filmmaker who had directed the video for "En el 2000," invited Lafourcade and her new band to record a song for the soundtrack to his film Temporada de Patos (2004). The song "Un Pato" is a reinterpretation of a traditional bossa nova, "O Pato," and it marked the debut of Natalia y la Forquetina. Meanwhile, the band worked on a full-length album with producer Emmanuel del Real, aka Meme, from the band Café Tacuba, and also with Baqueiro once again. The resulting album, Casa (2005), is indeed the product of a genuine rock band, with surging electric guitars driving many of the songs. Though considerably more one-dimensional than Lafourcade's self-titled debut, and not quite as successful, Casa nonetheless spun off some hits, topped the album chart, went platinum in Mexico, and won a Latin Grammy for Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Furthermore, the band arrangement facilitated Lafourcade's emergence as a concert performer, and indeed, she took Natalia y la Forquetina on the road, touring extensively throughout Mexico over the course of a year. Their last show was August 18, 2006, after which Lafourcade disbanded la Forquetina and resumed her solo career with the classical EP Las 4 Estaciones del Amor (2008). She then returned to pop with the Grammy-nominated Hu Hu Hu (2009) and Mujer Divina: Homenaje a Agustín Lara (2012), as well as Hasta la Raíz (2015). The latter recording hit the top of the Mexican albums chart and peaked at number on the Top Latin Albums list. It also won two Latin Grammys, including Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album. Its title track took home both the Song of the Year and Best Alternative Song awards. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Natalia Lafourcade

  1.   Song
  2.   Hasta La Raíz
  3.   Mi Lugar Favorito
  4.   Let's Get Out
  5.   Mañana Olvidaré
  6.   Tú Sí Sabes Quererme
  7.   Duele
  8.   Piensa en Mí by Paco Familiar
  9.   Look Outside
  10.   Casa
  11.   Nunca Es Suficiente
  12.   Niño Hojas
  13.   Busca un Problema
  14.   María Bonita
  15.   Oración Caribe
  16.   Limosna
  17.   Y Todo Para Que
  18.   Azul
  19.   Verano
  20.   Otra Vez
  21.   Mirame, Mirate
  22.   Rocío de Todos los Campos
  23.   Me Voy de Casa
  24.   No Más Llorar
  25.   Estoy Lista
  26.   Vámonos Negrito
  27.   Ya No Te Puedo Querer
  28.   Para Qué Sufrir
  29.   El Amor Acaba
  30.   Amor, Amor De Mis Amores
  31.   Morir Y Renacer
  32.   La Fugitiva
  33.   Mujer Divina
  34.   Otoño
  35.   No Viniste
  36.   Ser Humano
  37.   Saul
  38.   En Direccíón Contraria
  39.   Hu Hu Hu
  40.   Coplas Guajiras
  41.   Tic Tac
  42.   Elefantes
  43.   Lo Que Construimos
  44.   Te Quiero Ver
  45.   Aventurera
  46.   Primavera
  47.   Invierno
  48.   Un Lugar Para Renacer
  49.   Tiempo al Viento
  50.   Running Too Fast
  51.   Hora de Compartir
  52.   Ella Es Bonita
  53.   En Tus Ojos
  54.   O Pato (Un Pato)
  55.   Solamente Te lo Doy a Ti
  56.   Alimento de la Vida
  57.   Cuarto Encima
  58.   Mango
  59.   El Destino
  60.   En el 2000
  61.   Farolito
  62.   Piensa En Mí
  63.   Partir de Mí
  64.   Con las Hojas las Hormigas
  65.   Qué He Sacado Con Quererte
  66.   Siempre Prisa
  67.   Introducción
  68.   Antes de Huir
  69.   Cuando Todo Cambia
  70.   Georgina
  71.   Palomas Blancas
  72.   Imposible
  73.   El Amor Es Rosa
  74.   Gusano
  75.   Si No Pueden Quererte
  76.   Te Quiero Dar
  77.   Cursis Melodías
  78.   Suelo
  79.   Hawaii - Bombay
  80.   Noche Divina
  81.   Azul by Leonel García
  82.   La Cigarra
  83.   Slowly by Leiva
  84.   Te Vi Pasar