The songs of ‘Greta Garbo’, Bunbury’s new album, one by one

‘Greta Garbo’ is already here. Enrique Bunbury’s latest album, which follows ‘Intensive Levitation Course’ (2020), the second work of a very productive year in terms of creation and very complex, as was the case with the rest of planet Earth, to live daily life with integrity. The man from Zaragoza speaks of everyday life –he was daring– in the chorus of the theme that opens his new work, Produced by Adán Jodorowsky, it is a set of songs that vindicates in a very organic way the concept of album against the prevailing trend of ‘singles’ in pilgrimages.

The album that comes out this Friday, May 26 for sale, and that is already on all digital platforms, it has 10 songs. It is released on vinyl (there is also a special transparent edition), CD and cassette.

‘Our worlds do not obey your maps’

A playful starter, built at a trot. Adán Jodorowsky says ‘hello’ with piercing and distorted guitars, that clapperboard that remains in the final mix and the (electronic) winds finishing off the verses of the chorus. It doesn’t take long for Bunbury to show off with those round, graffiti phrases that gratify sensitive ears. “He who leaves without being kicked out, will return without being called ‘, for example.


On this song, the second preview of the album, Bunbury slows down and begins to bring out from within that catharsis that presides over a good part of this latest crop of songs. A change of plane, of schemes, with a bitter point and leave of hope at the same time, all in third / first person.


The album’s cover letter is an invitation to syncopated dance, the soundtrack of an 80’s teen movie; clean, bright, with a powerful point and, again, the clapperboard reinforcing the drums. The song that will shake ankles and, in the first rows, some jewels in those select concerts that the bard finalizes.


The album ballad; Elton John, Fito Páez, the most reflective and solemn Bunbury himself are invoked. “Things as they are are not enough, even the permanent can be dissolved.” Eye.

‘To be unforgettable’

With an air of Bruce Hornsby, complicit and peculiar at the same time, the Aragonese alludes to things that go crazy and the best way to handle those situations. “You don’t have to be a celebrity to be unforgettable.” Well that.

‘Back home’

Here is the residue of a blow, his, in newspaper format. A ballad that 30 years ago would have sounded in the slow lanes of an afternoon disco. “The future is bright, I’ll put on my sunglasses”: that’s called positive thinking.

‘The perfect Storm’

Another subtle prank from Jodorowsky, who has shaped the genetic load of his father Alejandro in a matter of humor. After the start it seems that Barry White is going to enter. It is not the case. Brilliant keyboards enter and Bunbury surfs “the waves of chaos, of the perfect storm”, “from butterfly to worm, trapped in the vine”. Powerful and exciting.

‘Bumper cars’

This melancholic theme will touch many hearts among the artist’s devotees. The letter stands out in the set. “They make us sweat blood in bumper cars without a steering wheel, moralizing gibberish, vigilantes of customs, manuals of urbanity.” Again it alludes to disappearance. If it enters the live repertoire, the chorus will be sung at the top of its lungs.

‘Armageddon out of pity’

This ninth cut marks Bunbury’s return to his beloved frontier sound, a song armed with (another) great chorus. “I am the cold, I am the ice, I am the lonely rock that runs through the universe when systems fail.” Another: “With the fear of not doing all the damage that is necessary to heal.” Someone has put this hat on. There is a lot of information, yes, but it is digested well.

‘Right the world with a song

Closing a disk well, even in unreachable formats, is important. This song is a slow walk along a river, on foot or on horseback, with instrumentals that complain, even howl, filling in bars between academicism and anarchy. Invite to repeat.

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The songs of ‘Greta Garbo’, Bunbury’s new album, one by one