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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the London-based electronic producer is the first to feature him singing in Spanish.
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Desafío
Tócame de primera vez Mátame una y otra vez Ámame y átame y dególlame Búscame y penétrame y devórame Yo te siento por dentro Mira que... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Apr 6, 2017
    100
    Exquisite opener Piel captures the interplay between poise and prostration that has made Catholic ritual such a rich artistic seam, while arch humour is provided by Whip--hyper-real lashing accompanied by the sound of a powering-down robot--and Desafío, which takes disposable Eurotrash pop and makes it worthy of pious contemplation.
  2. Apr 10, 2017
    90
    Arca likewise refuses to ossify into a legible and easily recognizable shape, defying our expectations of the artist’s output while remaining untethered even to a clearly delineated internal logic. All of this evasion paradoxically pays off, and the resulting album is both emotionally enrapturing and conceptually thrilling.
  3. 85
    The anguished sentiments of the songs resonate whether you understand Spanish or not, with the celestial tones of the tracks serving as an illuminating pathway to either heaven or hell.
  4. Q Magazine
    Apr 12, 2017
    80
    There are echoes of other singular vocal talents such as Jonsi and Anonhi, but Ghersi here occupies a sonic multiverse of his own creation. [Jun 2017, p.102]
  5. May 26, 2017
    80
    Even the wordless tracks on Arca are among the producer’s most powerful vignettes.
  6. Uncut
    Apr 20, 2017
    80
    This intensely personal touch humanises his alien sound design, casting him as a kind of sensual mutant whose comradeship with Bjork makes perfect sense. [Jun 2017, p.23]
  7. Apr 10, 2017
    60
    Words make Arca’s tense, sad hyper-modernity a little more accessible, if no less strange.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Apr 13, 2017
    10
    This will probably be one of the truest and most sentimental albums you'll hear this year 2017. Mystery, chaos, love, betrayal are some of theThis will probably be one of the truest and most sentimental albums you'll hear this year 2017. Mystery, chaos, love, betrayal are some of the sentiments addressed in one of the greatest works ever produced by the Arca. His music transcends, allowing the listener to travel in the troubled world of Alejandro Ghersi. There are 13 songs well done with great caution, bringing a musical minimalism. And as always, Arca comes out in front and shows a masterpiece. Expand
  2. Apr 9, 2017
    10
    A lullaby for cynics. A true masterpiece. Arca improved a lot his skills in this one, a precious and pure voice with amazing rhythms. LyricsA lullaby for cynics. A true masterpiece. Arca improved a lot his skills in this one, a precious and pure voice with amazing rhythms. Lyrics that tear your heart apart to put the pieces together and ready for the following song. An album made by the gods themselves with the exquisite voice of an angel. Expand
  3. Oct 2, 2017
    10
    fuerte, poderosa, genial, me encanta esta variazion de instrumentos que a mis amigos les suena como bulla o como un desastre musical perofuerte, poderosa, genial, me encanta esta variazion de instrumentos que a mis amigos les suena como bulla o como un desastre musical pero luego simplemente todo encaja, se necesita un par de escuchadas del disco para luego agarrarle el gusto, bueno, eso me sucedio a mi. bravo venezolano Expand
  4. Apr 8, 2017
    10
    "Arca" finally revealed all Alejandro's greatness and inner beauty. Thanks Björk for inspiring him to add vocals to album and, of course,"Arca" finally revealed all Alejandro's greatness and inner beauty. Thanks Björk for inspiring him to add vocals to album and, of course, Jesse Kanda for his visual work on album. Expand
  5. Apr 16, 2017
    9
    ''Arca'' is one of these albums that you can't say you don't like it. It ''covers'' every listeners ear. He combines experimental music with''Arca'' is one of these albums that you can't say you don't like it. It ''covers'' every listeners ear. He combines experimental music with such a moody - acoustic sounds. If you are not familiar with this kind of music I'm sure you will try to get into this. The composition is amazing, reminds me his work with Bjork on Vulnicura. Lovely instruments, strong and awesome work. Respect. Expand
  6. Aug 17, 2017
    8
    Arca is more accessible than ever (within the parameters of anarchy and freak) and still bringing to us that sound treatment we have come toArca is more accessible than ever (within the parameters of anarchy and freak) and still bringing to us that sound treatment we have come to both love and loathe. He is a pioneer and a tremendous potential, perhaps ahead of his time. Alienation never felt this good. Expand
  7. Apr 8, 2017
    6
    I really tried to like him, because I like his work with Björk. But no, I think he is overrated. The music doesn't make sense and to me soundsI really tried to like him, because I like his work with Björk. But no, I think he is overrated. The music doesn't make sense and to me sounds like some empty noises with no connection. I could enjoy two or three songs, though. Expand

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