As the bilingual title suggests, the album is political, but not at the expense of artistry. Like a necklace of fine beads, it's impossible to single out every song worthy of note. "Corazoncito Tirano," an old Mexican ranchera, is sung with heartwrenching simplicity as a deep country blues. "Pastures of Plenty/This Land is Your Land/Land" is a knockout Woody Guthrie medley (with lyrical additions by Downs) that speaks profound and bitter truths about the migrant experience. "El Bracero Fracasado" is a humorous, beer barrel norteña about a failed border-crossing attempt. Downs' signature tune, "La Llorona," is included, and she works fresh magic into a bilingual version of the Latin chestnut, "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" ("Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps").
With her strongest album to date, Downs definitely deserves to be more widely known, and likely will be--she's slated for a cameo in the upcoming Salma Hayek film about Frida Kahlo (for whom, ironically, Downs is the dead ringer, rather than the sexy Hayek). She is also scheduled to play N.C. State's Stewart Theatre in Raleigh on March 23, so there's plenty of time to fall in love with the album before falling in love with her in person.