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

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