Album Review: Kali Uchis – Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞

Oren Brown reviews the latest album from Kali Uchis.

Oren Brown
3rd December 2020
“I’m at a point in my life where I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anybody anymore," Kali Uchis said last year while working on her sophomore album. After releasing the brilliant Isolation in 2018, Uchis decided to switch up her creative direction, ignoring expectations by "experimenting more" with her music. Thus, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞, a predominantly Spanish-language LP, was born.

The Colombian-American singer crafts a soothing, rhythmic mix of genres on Sin Miedo. Without straying too far from her R&B stylings, Uchis traverses bolero, reggaeton and Latin pop. It is refreshing to see an artist who has already made it in the American music industry delve into these areas without caution. Uchis has already acknowledged some listeners' unwillingness to listen to Spanish-language music. For those with the competence to enjoy music beyond a language barrier, though, an enjoyable record lies within.

The highlights of the record are up there with the best in Uchis' catalogue. Rico Nasty collaboration "​¡Aquí Yo Mando!" is the album's most energetic track, supercharged by hip-hop influences. The trip-hoppy "Vaya con Dios" is wonderful in its maximalism, with dramatic strings laying the foundation for what feels like a Spanish-language Bond theme. "Telepatía", meanwhile, creates a light, dreamy atmosphere.

Uchis' unwillingness to be pinned down to one genre is both exciting and effective. While the LP might keep the majority of its gems in the first half of the track-list, there aren't really any duds in the mix at all. Sin Miedo stands out as one of 2020's more unique R&B releases. An exciting chapter in Kali Uchis' career, woven together by lush production and charismatic vocals.

(3.5/5)

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AUTHOR: Oren Brown
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