Review: Ximena Sariñana


TRACK 2

“The Bid”

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.

Check it out if you like: Smart singer-songwriters like Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, and Lily Allen.

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