"Rosalía's widely experimental third LP may be remembered as one of the most ambitious albums of the decade - regardless of genre." - Ernesto Lechner, grammy.com
MOTOMAMI is the third studio album from Grammy Award-winning recording artist, producer and songwriter Rosalía. The album has been declared as "One of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2022" by multiple global press outlets including BBC, El Pais, NME, NYLON, Pitchfork, TIME and Wall Street Journal amongst others.
Rolling Stone en Español wrote, "It's a brave record... Genres are a thing of the past; there's room for everything here... what modern music should be: art and flavor, dembow, champeta, flamenco, bachata, hip-hop, piano melodies... MOTOMAMI feels like a freight train from the future, hurtling right at us at full speed and no brakes. Rosalía is the power source behind it all."
MOTOMAMI features the previously released songs "LA FAMA", "SAOKO" and much, much more. "LA FAMA" (feat. The Weeknd), is a powerful and cautionary song that finds Rosalía and The Weeknd singing to each other in Spanish about how charming and seductive fame can be, making her a dangerous and shallow lover. And "SAOKO" is a shining example of the spirit of MOTOMAMI - grit and grace, strength and vulnerability, fierce femininity, and an unapologetic, brave attitude.
Motomami is at once jarring, jagged, dissonant, experimental, yet sweet, tender, nurturing, and celebratory; it embodies these contradictions without trying to create a harmonious whole. The aesthetic (not stylistic) peers of this release include the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication, Café Tacuba's Revés/Yo Soy, Moby's Play, Björk's Volta, and Mexican Institute of Sound's Politico. Rosalía ranges across genres - stripping, appending, and juxtaposing them in conflicting ways, from reggaeton, flamenco, cumbia, trap, and hip-hop to electro, indie, jazz, and more... Motomami is as provocative and risky as it is creative. It showcases Rosalía as a master, twisting together the contradictory strands of Latin and Anglo pop with traditional and vanguard forms and fresh sounds into a gloriously articulated radical approach that makes for obsessive listening.
It feels rare to hear an album that's so experimental, that aspires to stretch itself out across genres and play with form, and that attains exactly what it sets out to achieve. Rosalía was already a formidable singer, but here she also sounds like she learned that with global superstardom comes the freedom to set her own agenda.
Rosalía isn't so much carving out her own lane as building her own ultra-modern, super-bendy sonic motorway. It's one you'll want to hurtle down again and again.
As someone who could happily spend hours analyzing a many-layered work of art, music, TV, movie, what have you, it's always a pleasure to write about a project like MOTOMAMI that contains multitudes yet is entirely unpretentious. Rosalía's 'butterfly' self-descriptor is especially apt here: On her latest work, she achieves new career highs by flitting across subjects that are both self-contained and say something about the world as she sees it. It's just exciting to watch her fly.
Perhaps the most striking song is the finale, 'Sakura,' where Rosalía has her 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' moment. Her haunting voice soars over a roaring audience as she ponders the price of fame. 'I'm in this to break things up, and if I break with this, then I'll break,' Rosalía proclaims. It caps off the surreal experience of MOTOMAMI with the innovative fusions and experimental studio effects throughout the album. If El Mal Querer put her on the map, the singer's third album clearly shifts Rosalía's music career into the next gear and speeds toward a future where pop music isn't defined by one language.
There have been many songs and albums that are generally in this innovative-pop-and-hip-hop lane, but it's hard to think of any that are based around such a jaw-droppingly talented singer.
The Weeknd sounds even more immaculate than usual singing in Spanish on the fame-fixated 'La Fama', and on 'Sakura' Rosalía might as well be an angel, the undulating tone of her voice silencing even her own song's accompaniment. Motomami is the sound of an incredible voice indulging in her pop fantasy and excelling at it, but she makes sure to remind us as often as she can that really, she can do it all.
- Translucent Red Vinyl
- Gatefold jacket
- 12-page booklet
- 24" x 36" poster
- Explicit Content
- La Fama - Feat. The Weeknd
- Chicken Teriyaki
- G3 N15
- Delirio de Grandeza
- Como un G
- La Combi Versace - Feat. Tokischa