Anyone who follows this blog knows how much I enjoy music. In fact, “enjoy” is a bit of an understatement, so it was only a matter of time before I finally got around to doing album reviews. Tiempo, the latest (and first) full-length album from Chilean singer-songwriter Tomás del Real, is nothing short of euphoric. The first track, Laberinto, opens with some seriously seductive bossa nova vibes, introducing us to both del Real’s smooth vocals as well as the first of many flawless multi-instrumental arrangements.
Parra proves to us that del Real isn’t just relying on excellent musicians, but an gifted producer as well. In Que Podemos Hacer, we get a hint of the mariachi music that Mexico is famous for, with some Chilean flavour thrown in! The tracks on Tiempo move fluidly, blend seamlessly, and sound cohesive without sounding the same. A couple, like my personal favourite, Jean & Joni, are beautiful, lush, and captivating, all without having to say a word.
If Tiempo is anything to by, Tomas del Real won’t be an gem that’s hidden for much longer. I give this one 4.25 stars.