Hu Hu Hu
Released: May 2009
Natalia Lafourcade has long been one of Mexico's least predictable young talents, but could anyone have predicted Hu Hu Hu, with its barnstorming wall-of-sound production, its omnivorous instrumentation, its joyful dive into the world of orchestral pop? It's as close to a piece de resistance as you can get, experimental and hooky, sacrificing neither in search of clarity (her girlish voice) and irresistible melodies. Fresh off a classical sojourn, she brings that precision back to her pop music in a way that has some critics whispering the dreaded "m" word: masterpiece.