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Kali Uchis - Red Moon in Venus (Album Review)

Wednesday, 15 March 2023 Written by Jacob Brookman

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For Kali Uchis’ third studio album, the Colombian-American R&B singer has delivered a luxurious cocktail of slow jam-soul pop. 'Red Moon in Venus' demonstrates a gorgeous high point in her catalogue, its vintage production providing an elegant background to syrupy singing and raunch. In ancient astrology, the red moon is meant as a portent of doom. In this context, it appears to predict something altogether more erotic.

The big track here is I Wish You Roses, an intoxicating soul song with retro flourishes and gorgeous, temperate singing from Uchis. It washes all over you warmly: “My love’s deep as the ocean /  Don’t you drown on me / just know any love I gave you / Is forever yours to keep.” In a pop world defined by profanity, this singer’s old school gentility makes her stand out.

Despite this throwback quality, Uchis has spent the past few years pushing boundaries. Her debut album was squarely in the soul-pop bracket whereas her follow up, the Spanish language ‘Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞’ zeroed in on her Colombian heritage.

It represented her as a crossover artist, which is a dangerous move that can split your audience.

In this context, ‘Red Moon in Venus’ might actually feel generically conservative. It leans into soul and never really kicks at the outer boundaries. That might be a problem were it not such compelling listening. Tracks such as All Mine and the superb Moonlight demonstrate this dynamic nicely. 

The latter track—possibly the record’s strongest—is a wah-pedal-bass-led pop track in Spanish and English, with diaphanous blended vocals and more of those luxury flourishes (think wind chimes, think silky strings). It's truly magical at times. Kali Uchis is here to stay.

Kali Uchis Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Tue April 25 2023 - AUSTIN Texas - Moody Amphitheater (USA)
Wed April 26 2023 - HOUSTON Texas - 713 Music Hall (USA)
Thu April 27 2023 - IRVING - Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory (USA)
Sun April 30 2023 - MIAMI Florida - FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park (USA)
Mon May 01 2023 - ORLANDO - Hard Rock Cafe (USA)
Tue May 02 2023 - ATLANTA Georgia - Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre (USA)
Thu May 04 2023 - NEW YORK New York - Radio City Music Hall (USA)
Fri May 05 2023 - NEW YORK New York - Radio City Music Hall (USA)
Sun May 07 2023 - PHILADELPHIA - Met Philadelphia (USA)
Tue May 09 2023 - WASHINGTON - Anthem (USA)
Wed May 10 2023 - BOSTON Massachusetts - MGM Music Hall at Fenway (USA)
Fri May 12 2023 - TORONTO Ontario - Coca-Cola Coliseum (Canada)
Sun May 14 2023 - DETROIT Michigan - Fillmore Detroit (USA)
Mon May 15 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom (USA)
Tue May 16 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom (USA)
Thu May 18 2023 - DENVER Colorado - Fillmore Auditorium (USA)
Sun May 21 2023 - PORTLAND Oregon - Keller Auditorium (USA)
Tue May 23 2023 - VANCOUVER BC - Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (Canada)
Wed May 24 2023 - SEATTLE Washington - WaMu Theater (USA)
Fri May 26 2023 - SAN FRANCISCO California - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (USA)
Sun May 28 2023 - LAS VEGAS - Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (USA)
Tue May 30 2023 - PHOENIX Arizona - Arizona Financial Theatre (USA)

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