Lila Downs - Salón, Lágrimas, Y Deseo (Sony)
Add Date: 07/18
Focus Tracks: 3, 1, 9
Formats: Top 200, World, AAA
Artist Info: Grammy-winning Mexican-American star Lila Downs has released her new album, Salón, Lágrimas Y Deseo ('Tears And Desire'). The album's first single, "Peligrosa" ("Dangerous Woman"), was spotlighted as an NPR “Song We Love,” and it is an anthem for female empowerment. Its lyrics invite all the “dangerous” women to join her. In this song, “dangerous” subversively refers to women who are intelligent, women who are independent, women who know how to get things done, make decisions, fight and love. With this blues-influenced song, Lila sings to women who, against all odds, have put it all on the line for love, who have laughed, cried, suffered and shared their innermost feelings without fear. The lyrics translate to: “They say I’m dangerous, that I’m painful, because I want to live this way...Let me tell you, yes, I’m dangerous, I’m scornful, because I want you for me.”
Written entirely by Lila, "Peligrosa" champions women’s autonomy and the importance of speaking and deciding for themselves. “It’s my body, it’s my life," she notes. "These are my thoughts and it’s my right to search for my own way.”
Salón, Lágrimas Y Deseo fuses such genres as blues, cumbia, danzón, banda and Cuban son with torch ballads that perfectly suit Lila’s unmistakable, expressive contralto voice. The album consists of six original songs and seven reinterpretations of classics by such legendary composers as Agustín Lara, José Alfredo Jiménez and Álvaro Carrillo. Lila is also joined by some of Latin music’s most critically acclaimed talents, as she duets with Mon Laferte, Carla Morrison,Diego El Cigala and Andrés Calamaro.
Lila is renowned for crafting albums and delivering vocal performances that are inspired by Mexico’s pre-Columbian indigenous culture. Salon, Lágrimas, Y Deseo will delight her longtime fans and touch the hearts of all ages, ethnicities and walks of life. It is dedicated for women who are strong and tenacious, and who love to partake in culture that is empowering.