15 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

You might not watch Alfonso Cuarón's deeply personal story inspired by his family's housekeeper in 1970s Mexico City and think of El-P or Billie Eilish. But this genre-hopping compilation is meant to invoke the spirit, if not the letter, of the largely scoreless Oscar-nominated film. Only a handful of the songs are in Spanish or feel like they could have come from the era itself—Jessie Reyez's ballad “Con el Viento” among them—while Ibeyi's “Cleo Who Takes Care of You” is the exception that overtly references the plot. What binds the songs together, even from seemingly incongruent artists, is a hazy, dreamlike tension—from Beck's majestic cover of the 1982 Colourbox song “Tarantula” to Patti Smith's reprise of her own “Wing” from 1996. But the biggest revelation may be Cuarón's teenage daughter Bu, whose “PSYCHO” is pure contemporary pop, positioned perfectly alongside Billie Eilish's skittish “When I Was Older.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

You might not watch Alfonso Cuarón's deeply personal story inspired by his family's housekeeper in 1970s Mexico City and think of El-P or Billie Eilish. But this genre-hopping compilation is meant to invoke the spirit, if not the letter, of the largely scoreless Oscar-nominated film. Only a handful of the songs are in Spanish or feel like they could have come from the era itself—Jessie Reyez's ballad “Con el Viento” among them—while Ibeyi's “Cleo Who Takes Care of You” is the exception that overtly references the plot. What binds the songs together, even from seemingly incongruent artists, is a hazy, dreamlike tension—from Beck's majestic cover of the 1982 Colourbox song “Tarantula” to Patti Smith's reprise of her own “Wing” from 1996. But the biggest revelation may be Cuarón's teenage daughter Bu, whose “PSYCHO” is pure contemporary pop, positioned perfectly alongside Billie Eilish's skittish “When I Was Older.”

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Djmsculpt ,

Kugelblitz, get a clue!

I would love to know the story behind this albums creation.
A great companion to the film!
Beck's contribution is, of course, a cover of This Mortal Coil's song from 1986.

Emwashere ,

Billie

ok but how is billie’s song not popular, it’s legit the best song out there

rjmercado ,

A Gem

What a wonderful gem of an album. For behind the scenes on how this album came about, listen to Felix Contreras on NPR.