Para Mi

Album Review of Para Mi by Cuco.

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Para Mi

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Para Mi by Cuco

Release Date: Jul 26, 2019
Record label: Interscope
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

65 Music Critic Score
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Para Mi - Fairly Good, Based on 4 Critics

Pitchfork - 68
Based on rating 6.8/10
68

"I'm only interested in a label if they come through with whatever terms I send them," Cuco told Rolling Stone last year. Interscope must have come through. According to Billboard, the 21-year-old bedroom-pop songwriter signed a seven-figure deal with the label, which promised him freedom and flexibility. That's as much a testament to Omar Banos' devoted fanbase as it is an admission by the suits that they no longer care to dictate the conversation.

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The 405 - 65
Based on rating 6.5/10
65

Cuco really doesn't have any interest in the drama. As his album title readily shouts out: good vibes only, please. Even following personal trauma in the form of a serious car accident requiring a lengthy healing process, a period in which much of his debut was recorded, he remained defiantly, well, chill. When he does feel down, weed, acid, and shrooms are the answer, obviously.

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

Waves of dreamy synths, vintage drum machines, and friendly vocal harmonies shifting between Spanish and English made up a series of self-produced mixtapes and singles from California's bedroom pop polymath Omar Banos, professionally known as Cuco. His warm, blurry style combined warbly Mac DeMarco-reminiscent guitar tones, muted beats, and strains of bossa nova, synth pop, lovestruck singer/songwriter fare, and even moments of pop-rap. The charming and infectious sound of these homespun productions was enough to stir up a massive buzz and a good old-fashioned bidding war over who would sign the young talent.

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Clash Music
Their review was only somewhat favourable

Being dubbed the "King of Gen Z R&B" at just 21 years old is no small feat, and LA-based Cuco certainly has a lot of accomplishments already under his belt. He's a solo indie pop producer - starting out playing in his bedroom - singer-songwriter and musician, gifted in creating atmosphere and vibe. Take 'Feelings', for example, a seemingly '70s inspired track constructing a decidedly trippy mood, the woozy 'Hydrocodone' - written about feelings of isolation after a car accident - and the uplifting Latin-influenced beats in 'Bossa No Sé'.

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