To put it bluntly, Pecker’s latest album is just full of pop goodness. With two other albums under his belt that have sold huge worldwide, it’s really obvious that he’s been in this game for awhile. Raúl Usieto Aquilué (the man behind Pecker) wrote, played, recorded, arranged, mixed and produced all 10 songs on this self-titled album, which each dip into various flavors of pop-rock.
“Animal De Fondo” would have been a great song for this past summer. The laid back vibe to this hip pop song gives the perfect soundtrack for that car ride to the beach with your best friend. My personal favorite is the jangly pop of “Trienta y Cinco”, with a guitar introduction that bring to mind that ’90s band The Rembrandts. But not all the songs are sugary bubblegum pop. Pecker also includes other genres, such as trip hop (“Las Canciones Vuelan Mejor Que Los Aviones Belgas”) and droning indie balladry (“Corazón en Expansión”).
Although the lyrics are sung entirely in Spanish, non-Spanish speakers can still enjoy singing along to those cheerful la la las and ooohs that make for a feel-good time in any language. The album clocks in at a little more than 30 minutes, with each track averaging about three minutes in length. Pecker does a great job of cutting out all the unnecessary fluff but still avoids ending his songs prematurely.