Vengo (album)

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Vengo
Vengo album cover.jpg
Studio album by Ana Tijoux
Released March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18)
Recorded 2013
Genre Hip hop, Andean
Length 53:15
Label Nacional
Ana Tijoux chronology
La Bala
(2011)La Bala2011
Vengo
(2014)
Singles from Vengo
  1. "Vengo"
    Released: January 21, 2014

Vengo is Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux's fourth solo studio album,[1] released in March, 2014. Its debut single "Vengo" was released on Spin in January of the same year.[2][3][4][5] Vengo was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album at the 2015 Ceremony.[6]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]

A reviewer at NPR called it "virtually flawless",[9] and MTV said it was "some of the most dazzling hip-hop this year".[10]

Several reviewers noted the inclusion of Andean music elements, especially the pan flute. NPR's reviewer said it was "refreshing" and noted Andean music has been "often done a disservice by "world music" labels."[9] Of the flute, the MTV reviewer said "it's a bit challenging to extricate the instrument from its associations with corny new age compilations ... Tijoux is attempting a tough task to take back and breathe new life into music that has a rich heritage, but has been commercialized and marginalized into schlock."[10]

Reviewers also noted the progressive elements of the lyrics, including feminism, environmentalism, social justice and post-colonialism.[10][11][12][13]

The album's instrumentation is completely done with in-studio recordings, often with traditional South American instruments. Unusually for modern hip-hop recording, there are no samples used on the album.[13][12][1] One reviewer said that it contained elements of folk music and jazz.[13]

Awards[edit]

Year Ceremony Nominated work Recipient(s) Category Result
2015 Grammy Awards[6] Vengo Ana Tijoux Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Nominated

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Vengo" 3:12
2. "Somos Sur (feat. Shadia Mansour)" 3:46
3. "Antipatriarca" 3:04
4. "Somos Todos Erroristas (feat. Hordatoj)" 2:57
5. "Er-rrro-r" 1:02
6. "Los Peces Gordos No Pueden Volar" 3:36
7. "Creo en Ti (feat. Juanito Ayala)" 4:00
8. "Los Diablitos" 0:43
9. "Interludio Agua" 0:45
10. "Rio Abajo" 3:54
11. "Oro Negro" 4:25
12. Untitled 3:47
13. "No Más" 3:54
14. "Todo Lo Sólido Se Desvanece en el Aire" 3:39
15. "Emilia (feat. RR Burning)" 4:13
Bonus Tracks
No. Title Information Length
16. "Rumbo al Sol"   3:18
17. "Mi Verdad" Written in 2012 as the theme song to the Chilean television series El reemplazante 2:46

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Top Latin Albums (Billboard)[14] 15
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[15] 33

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