It’s hard to explain the appeal of the album. Pantoufla Tagada is full of cute sounds combined with some darkness that comes through here and there. It’s certainly avant-garde and weird, which can be a mixed blessing. My personal favorite is the song “Alicia” by the band Balún, a cross between Julieta Venegas, cuteness, and toy instruments (which are coincidentally also cute). There are plenty of other songs ( including those without lyrics) that will surprise you. The band el zoologico includes a tune called “Penguin and Sea Lion” which transports even the most relentless video game hater into a cute Katamari Damacy. But it doesn’t stop there, the French band Nej brings us dark cuteness with “Tell You,” a track that’ll remind you of Bjork. It’s cute, it’s weird, and it’s free, why the hell wouldn’t you want this album?
Four out of five world globes.
PS: The word cute (or cuteness) appears more than 7 times in this review… seriously it’s cute, there’s no other word for it.