I’ll be honest: my Spanish is best summed up as no bueno. However that doesn’t detract in any way affect my ability to appreciate the music of 123 Andres. His new album, La Luna, is such a complete delight from start to finish. This album is a collection of traditional lullabies from across Central and South America.
No one combines children’s voices in a professional recording the way 123 Andres does. The children sing clearly and without the vocal contortions that can grate. It is pure and beautiful. Of course, he isn’t a Latin Grammy Award Winner for nothing.
I can’t promise that you or your child will suddenly master command of the Spanish language with this album. That would be ridiculous. But certainly after a few listens you’ll start to pick out words and phrases that you find familiar. It doesn’t take long for your ears to adjust. It’s a pretty cool thing when it happens. And certainly it helps your ear for the language. Perhaps you’ll even start singing these beauties to your own children.
While the songs hail from different parts of the continent, 123 Andres weaves them expertly together. This creates a unifying effect to the album and a seamless transition from awake to sleepy. I love the calm it creates within me. I could listen to this album on repeat all day. Okay, I confess: I have done that. It’s good for the blood pressure.