New Single: Juanes - "Yerbatero"

Juanes’ new single “Yerbatero” was sent out today to start the on-fire promotion of his latest album. Just as a clarification, we don’t hate Juanes, it’s more of a resentment many of us have towards the industry for filling up our FM radios with what they claim is the ultimate ‘Latin rockstar,’ when we all know he isn’t. He fills the rock-alternative quota with utterly underwhelming songs, not as terrible as Mana per say, but still, a boredom. You didn’t see it, but our staff deeply disapproved of Andrew Casillas' decision to include “A Dios Le Pido” on our Songs of the Decade list, only to find ourselves admitting the song’s unavoidable virtues (plus Un Dia Normal is quite good). But I challenge Mr. Lawyer Casillas to defend “Yerbatero,” it’s awfully bad.

The Colombian star will premiere his single today at the South Africa FIFA World Cup, as if Shakira (and her WakaWaka) wasn’t enough. But see, Shakira is like a goddess, even with such a laughable song she is a better musician and a charmer, something Juanes lacks on every level. As mean as I might sound, it won’t level up to the ridiculous raves this song will be getting in the upcoming hours, example, Latin Gossip: “WOW WOW WOW… it’s amazing, everything we expected and more! Totally Juanes! Totally rhythmic! Totally it!” Sorry for making you read that, but hopefully you get what I’m saying, the balance is off.

Sure, we could act cool and oversee the song and just not talk about it, but this is a Latin Pop music blog, we must speak up. If anything, this song comes to reaffirm Juanes’ sharp sensibility while picking up Colombia’s folklore, something done cleverly in "La Paga" but that sensibility doesn’t go too far when you barely have a template to work with. When trying to be catchy, Juanes falls into the toxic exoticism. Juanes is particularly misguided outside the Santaolalla circuit, something truly noticeable here at the hands of English producer Stephen Lipson. Perhaps not as awful as “Odio Por Amor,” but still painful, this is anything but uplifting, self-remedy ain't for you Juanes.

17 comments :

el amarillo said...

el arte esta horrible, pero es solo parte de lo feo que viene el single, no se como sigue pretendiendo abrazar el folklore de forma tan mediocre! otro disco mas que no escuchare!

Anonymous said...

hey c'mon it wasn't that bad
the guitar stuff was really good, and it's a decent song.

Anonymous said...

PLOP

Blanca Méndez said...

Just saw the performance...would have much rather listened to another few minutes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Mainly because I love Tutu, but also because that Juanes song was dismal.

FalsaBaiana said...

The guitar riff is cool, but that chorus would make me want to kill myself after more than one listen.
Colombia has so much more to offer than Juanes. His stuff is pretty repetitive.

Club Fonograma, I love love love that you got Shakira's back! xx

dinomaster16 said...

It's a Great song! I don't know what you guys are talking about. It's up on itunes now too!

Anonymous said...

Plop?

Pssh.... let the fans speak for him!

I am a fan myself and I am offended you think that!

Juanes is a very talented artist and musician!

Check the grammy count!

JOSE LUIS MERCADO said...

no es tan mala como la pintas :)

Anonymous said...

grammy count? stupid
song is worst of the year contender

Andrew Casillas said...

"Yerbatero" is crap, don't put words in my mouth!

This song is shit too for what it's worth.

But I'd still rather listen to Juanes than Bunbury any day.

Anonymous said...

Juanes head = onion

Anonymous said...

Actually I liked Yerbatero more than most of the ones on your list - Midyear Best Songs of 2010

Susa said...

I actually like Juanes, we need more socially-conscious people out there, but this song is so crappy, total crap.

Anonymous said...

i hate it with a passion. I work for Chipotle and they play La Camisa Negra and i kind of like it now. There is said it...Yuck!!!

AJ said...

I agree. Mala cancion de Juanes. Guess I just won't listen to it.

Anonymous said...

--JUANES-IS THE BEST SINGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FUCK OFF YOU ALL WHO SAID BAD ABOUT HIM!!!!!!!!!!!
:):) REALLY, NICE SONG
YEEEEER YEEEEERR YEEEEEEEEEEEEER :):D
GREAT SINGER

Anonymous said...

yo adoro a juanes. es fantastico en vivo... sin embargo, esta cancion = meh. tmb odio por amor. que canciones mas aburridas!

pero seguire siendo fan.

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