If you have the sudden urge to smack a piñata, don’t be alarmed. Lucia Perez, the Spanish songstress who made an appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011, has just released another singalong song, “Quitapenas”.
A lot has happened since “Que me quiten lo bailao”, but Lucia remains faithful to her easy-listening Iberian sound. Sporting perhaps the simplest video we’ve seen this year, Lucia screams “austerity”. It’s not a cute look. The video reads like the first draft of a video shot on a smartphone. Yes, the scenery is pretty, but without any storyline, wardrobe change, crew, clever editing or production value, it’s a bit of a buzz kill. Aren’t parties meant to be colourful?
She sings about love and someone else who will banish her sadness—someone to make her dance and dream. Someone to make her forget her woes, and someone to make her dream of love again. I’m not sure that’s possible. With such a limp visual presentation and a lacklustre melody, “Quitapenas” is a real downer.