Diego Garcia – Laura Album Review

As the former frontman for New York-based indie band Elefant, Diego Garcia is a singer-songwriter one will either love or hate. On his latest disc, Laura, his lyrics are not particularly noteworthy, but the overall musical atmosphere certainly is.

Album standouts like the sultry “Roses & Wine” and the Spanish-guitar-laden “Inside My Heart” have immediate staying power, luring listeners into a sonic chamber of love. These songs are hypnotically sexy — mood music to which one should bathe in rose petals or delight in exquisite morsels of chocolate. Whether it’s intentional or not, Garcia certainly takes the Latin lover appeal and runs with it, with sensual music and lyrics which detail love and heartbreak in quite a literal manner.

For some, Garcia’s lyrics will come at just the right time, reflecting just the right sentiments. For others, the lyrics will be the deal breaker. They are exceptionally literal, and generally quite somber; “Nothing To Hide” lives up to its namesake with the lyrics, “Baby, you know the skies will be clear/ And oh, baby, how I wish you were here/ In my heart/ I’ve got nothing to hide,” and other tracks, like “Stay” and “Inside My Heart” do similarly.

What is to be loved about Garcia’s music is rather inexplicable, and lies in its simplicity. Garcia’s music is appealing on the basest of emotional levels. If lyrics are not of particular importance to you, Laura might indeed be the perfect mood music for romance.

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. She regularly shares human-centered stories through her storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2020, she will [hopefully] begin production on a comedic Asian-American series entitled Reckless Spirits.

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷 is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. She regularly shares human-centered stories through her storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2020, she will [hopefully] begin production on a comedic Asian-American series entitled Reckless Spirits. Ask Vivian about MARSHMALLOWS, cuz she's gross... and being tips for being frugal while nomading!

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Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos
9 years ago

Con el estilo de la epoca de oro llega este album brillante, con un contenido simplemente como se canta al amor!!!With the style of the golden era comes this brilliant album, lyrics.. the way you sing of love!

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Does anyone know how to get the lyrics?
I honestly think they are brilliant. It seems hard to find artists singing love songs in English without sounding cheesy.

Bea
Bea
9 years ago

Im sorry, but really? I don’t care for this at all.

Fan
Fan
9 years ago

I disagree with the comment about the lyrics. “you will always be inside my heart, in memories long after were apart” might seem simplistic but there is a certain brilliance in the way that he recites it. The lyrics aren’t meant to be posted on songmeanings.com and deciphered, he’s saying exactly how he feels and I don’t agree that there is anything wrong with that. Other than that, great review.

Vivian Hua
Vivian Hua
9 years ago
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all a matter of taste.

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