14 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Intocable wouldn’t be the first band to combat artistic stagnation by bringing in a producer from a different musical sphere. But tapping Don Was (both the president of jazz powerhouse Blue Note Records and a producer for The Rolling Stones, Brian Wilson, Elton John...the list goes on) to help them make Percepción is a sign of the Zapata, Texas, group betting big on a new sound. It pays off: Percepción is a norteño masterpiece that overflows with melancholy melodies, thick rock textures, and a crisp live-band atmosphere. Was’s presence is subtle but powerful: Check the rugged touches of electric guitar on “Quédate Conmigo,” which fuses mainstream rock with Mexican verve, or the contemporary country-rock thrum that drives “Beso Incompleto.”

But all the production in the world doesn’t change the fact that 25 years into their career, they've become masters of combining hummable hooks and compelling stories. From the soulful, lyrically deep “Nadie Es Indispensable” (about the end of an affair sparking spiritual maturity) to the plaintive accordion line on “Tu Soledad y la Mía” (which explores romantic longing with world-weary reflection), Percepción is one of the most innovative norteño albums of the decade, anchored by superb songwriting and an invigorating mix of influences from both sides of the border.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Intocable wouldn’t be the first band to combat artistic stagnation by bringing in a producer from a different musical sphere. But tapping Don Was (both the president of jazz powerhouse Blue Note Records and a producer for The Rolling Stones, Brian Wilson, Elton John...the list goes on) to help them make Percepción is a sign of the Zapata, Texas, group betting big on a new sound. It pays off: Percepción is a norteño masterpiece that overflows with melancholy melodies, thick rock textures, and a crisp live-band atmosphere. Was’s presence is subtle but powerful: Check the rugged touches of electric guitar on “Quédate Conmigo,” which fuses mainstream rock with Mexican verve, or the contemporary country-rock thrum that drives “Beso Incompleto.”

But all the production in the world doesn’t change the fact that 25 years into their career, they've become masters of combining hummable hooks and compelling stories. From the soulful, lyrically deep “Nadie Es Indispensable” (about the end of an affair sparking spiritual maturity) to the plaintive accordion line on “Tu Soledad y la Mía” (which explores romantic longing with world-weary reflection), Percepción is one of the most innovative norteño albums of the decade, anchored by superb songwriting and an invigorating mix of influences from both sides of the border.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Lorenahmusica ,

❤️🙌🏼😬🙊

La verdad todo lo que hacen esta muy padre musicalmente y siempre dan todo en su musica.

Sinpepper ,

Love it!

They always make the best Norteñas. Suena mas como su musica de los primeros albums. Siempre saben tocar el corazon con sus lindas palabras.

betolini99 ,

And Another One

Another great album. I like that they are open to new ideas and sounds. That’s why they’re still doing it.

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