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Ximena Sariñana by Ximena Sariñana
Released: Jul 2011
Label: Warner Bros.
Latin indie ingénue Sariñana has an interesting approach to the difficult sophomore album: On one hand, the release is almost entirely in English. On the other, it's sonically less mainstream than her debut, scrapping the pop hooks and rock guitars for complex meters ("The Bid"), sweepingly cinematic synth-onies, melancholic melodies that lilt in strange angles, and a lot of hipster-friendly electro-pop. It's a complicatedly crafted, mature effort, glued together by Sariñana's odd, pensively childlike voice. "Echo Park" and "Lies We Live In" will make you think. "Tu y Yo" is a tour de force.
Rachel Devitt
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