CARRIE RODRIGUEZ – {Lola}

Album: Lola

Artist: Carrie Rodriguez

Label: Luz/Thirty Tigers

Release Date: February 19, 2016

www.luzrecords.com

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The Upshot: It’s her way with both a samba and a sway that helps elevate this effort while making it one of her best yet.

 BY LEE ZIMMERMAN

Carrie Rodriguez is no longer playing second fiddle… literally as well as figuratively. Having had an early career boost in her role as Chip Taylor’s chief musical foil, she now shows the veteran songwriter’s confidence was well invested. Nevertheless {Lola} finds her returning to her roots, courtesy of a set of songs that features several tunes sung in Spanish, many of which were written some of her favorite Mexican composers. Consequently, there’s a firm south of the border feel, a sound which ranges from the sexy tango of “Frio En La Alma” and the teasingly seductive “Z,” to the arched romanticism of “Perfida” (featuring seamless harmonies from Mavericks mainstay Raul Malo), “Llano Estacado” and “Nocha De Ronda.” There’s also a faraway feel to many of these tracks, borne out from retro references and a facile pop delivery that transcends both language and cultural ties. Rodriguez has done an admirable job of melding her Americana inclinations with a sound that may take listeners out of their comfort zones with an intriguing change in perspective. Indeed, her song about childhood alienation, a forlorn ballad called “The West Side,” is particularly affecting. All in all, it’s Rodriguez’s way with both a samba and a sway that helps elevate this effort while making it one of her best yet.

DOWNLOAD: “Nocha De Ronda,” “Perfida,” “Frio En La Alma”

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