Review: Ximena Sariñana
from Ximena Sariñana (Warner Bros.)
Liner notes: Mexico's Ximena Sariñana fuses dance-floor energy and a grandiose melody, exclaiming, "I don't think you notice me/Don't know who I really am," on this alluring track, one of many songs on her English-language debut exploring the difficulties of making meaningful connections.
Behind the music: The daughter of director Fernando Sariñana, the 25-year-old acted in movies and telenovelas and fronted the jazz-funk band Feliz No Cumpleaños before releasing Mediocre, her self-deprecatingly titled solo debut, in 2008. Producers on this new project include TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek and Greg Kurstin of The Bird and The Bee.
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