Lara Manzanares | Dear John

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Dear John

by Lara Manzanares

In her single "Dear John," Lara Manzanares sings a tale of lost love.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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Lara Manzanares is a bilingual singer-songwriter of Northern New Mexican heritage. In addition to singing the Mexican boleros, rancheras, and corridos of her sheep- ranching childhood, Lara also composes her own style of music in both English and Spanish. Through a combination of storytelling and songs both playful and sincere, Lara draws on her rural New Mexican roots and her experiences living in urban environments across the U.S. and abroad as she sings about love, loss, a sense of place, and her own connection to the land.



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A baby no longer!
"Dear John," is merely a single, but it's brevity does not belie it's value. It is not good. 'Good' is a term wastefully bestowed upon auditory garbage that is created merely to spice up a Top 40 if but for a few weeks so as to retain listeners for the purpose of turning a couple bucks in ad revenue. 'Good' is a terrible word that shares a bed with ugly and stupid phrases like "pretty good", "good enough", and "good riddance". Does a sane, intelligent audience gaze upon a Zdzisław Beksiński masterwork, an elegant geometric proof, or the hatching of a falcon egg with the passive disdain required to deem the experience merely 'good'? Absolutely not. Lara Manzanares's gorgeous new work represents an ascension from the insurmountable level of quality heard on her 2017 previous LP. Ninety-nine cents could not be better spent for such an adoringly crafted track, one whose compositional deftness as well as raw emotional intensity finds it's place among the best the genre has to offer. It delicately conceals a duplicity between a tragic loss and an inspiring stoicism, thereby gracefully overstepping the obvious pitfall of writing and playing a song addressing the clichéd notion of glorifying one's status as a homewrecker. Though simply a beautiful and pleasant tune to the casual listener, "Dear John," as a piece of art, is impossible not to recommend for properly initiated and discerning ears. Bravo!


Another Banger
Lara has paradoxically damned and distinguished herself with this release. Demonstrating a keen aptitude for refining without adulterating her undeniably unique voice, she now faces the monolithic challenge of persisting in spite of having set the bar above the highest peg as was done by Land Baby. While the tone of this single is comparable to the darkest and most bittersweet territory of her previous LP, her trademark candle-in-the-void stoicism ultimately shines like a quasar. Should her care for her next major release match that of her's for the titular John, a petty Grammy would almost be a disservice to the astonishing depth of the human soul on display in this standalone, soul-crushing soliloquy.