Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Bad Bunny x Rosalía – La Noche de Anoche

Tonight is the night is the night is the night…


Rodrigo Pasta: Humorous! Certainly one of the funnier tracks on EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO, a coy game between two superstars that should have collaborated sooner. Playing the love game is something difficult and only for the brave, and these two aren’t quite sure of how far their honor goes just yet. They’ve tasted each other, but what comes next? The chemistry’s there, but the burns are still too present. The song won’t come to any conclusions, but it will agree on the fact that said time spent together? Tough to beat. And as always, producer/mastermind Tainy’s instrumental is minimal but misty, with roughly-edged snares and escalating melodies that can’t look too far ahead. Also, I may be the only one to point this out, but props to co-producers Chris Jeday and Gaby Music, possibly the best vocal producers in reggaeton right now, as they subtly chop Bad Bunny’s verse to accentuate different letters (“sin mucha cotorra”, “que la vida’e- corra”), and reverberate Rosalía’s vocals, as if the audio was bouncing in an airy room. It’s the little things.

Wayne Weizhen Zhang: Impossibly intimate, timelessly melodic, and so sexy it aches: it was only a matter of time before a Bad Bunny & Rosalía collaboration, and this melodramatic mini-affair is everything that I could have wanted and more. 

Thomas Inskeep: God, they sound so good singing with each other, and so good singing against each other. Can we get a whole album of these two?

Alfred Soto: No doubt it will help with streams, but Rosalía’s arch, self-aware attempts at feeling and Bad Bunny’s mumbled sincerity don’t gel. “La Noche de Anoche”‘s spareness turns him into a foghorn.  

Katherine St Asaph: Droning, punctuated by louder droning, with the occasional interlude of stripped-back droning. I wish I heard what others did.

Harlan Talib Ockey: This is one of those rare cases where a lack of interaction between duet partners actually elevates the song. Everything in the production and composition here builds up a feeling of solitude and separation: the chorus is broken into halves, with Bad Bunny and Rosalía each taking one, our vocalists only sing together in the final chorus, and a low-pass filter at the beginning of Rosalía’s verse makes the listener feel like we’re abruptly being plunged into an ice-cold ocean across the world. The other part of this puzzle is the beat, which remains largely static from the first chorus. The art it’s mastered, however, is how to disappear. You can practically see the way the narrators become distracted as they reminisce and fantasize, thanks to its carefully placed stutters and stops. What this all ultimately adds up to is the intentional absence of catharsis. Our narrators spend the track’s runtime thinking about what they want each other to represent, not reaching out to build a relationship. And they end “La Noche de Anoche” alone — which hurts, but it happens, and sometimes the mirage is better than reality.

Reader average: [7.5] (4 votes)

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