Monday, November 13th, 2017

Malu Trevejo – Luna Llena

Cuban-American makes her debut…


Jessica Doyle: She’s very charming, and that’s really all this song needs. I wouldn’t seek it out, but I’d definitely put it on a dance playlist.

Katherine St Asaph: I think it’s the Auto-Tuned vocal crimps that make this sound like My First “Whenever, Wherever.” “Shakira but more sugary” works surprisingly well; “Shakira but with Zara Larsson interjections,” maybe not.

Iain Mew: Its musical positioning is as the most finely calibrated audience grab since the Little Mix and CNCO remake, but it’s got the hooks to stand out and Trevejo makes it too much fun for it to ever feel cynical.

Dorian Sinclair: If I was feeling terribly literary, I’d talk here about the association of the full moon with “craziness” (or, well, lunacy) and about my extremely mixed feelings re: that usage. But this song isn’t really distinctive enough for me to spend a bunch of time hashing out that argument. It’s a well-worn metaphor in a song that makes use of a well-worn sound. Ultimately, Trevejo doesn’t do anything particularly unusual or memorable with either.

Alfred Soto: I’m not sure I would have awarded “Luna Llena” at least a 6 on Malu Trevejo’s performance, but I’m sure Trevejo and the guitar work are responsible for its grade tonight.

Nortey Dowuona: The glittering guitar, shoved under hovering synths, grooving, clattering drums, and smooth, curling bass, seems to be secondary to Malu’s confident and strong voice, which marshals and embraces the music.

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