Music Review: La Bala

Ana Tijoux explores her personal politics through vibrant funk grooves and sizzling R&B beats on a new album, “La Bala.”

La Bala

“La Bala” by Ana Tijoux (Nacional)

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It’s no surprise that Spanish-speaking emcee and femme fatale Ana Tijoux—born in France to parents exiled from Pinochet’s Chilean dictatorship—takes a critical stance on global and personal politics.

When she’s rapping, her delivery is fierce and precise, like a silenced semiautomatic pistol. Sass is not her only weapon, though. On intimate songs like “El Rey Solo” and “Mi Mitad,” which sport fuzzy funk grooves and ultra-chill R&B beats, Tijoux mellows to a whisper-soft vibe, giving new meaning to “killing me softly.”