Raquel Olmedo

Manana Ya Ni Vengas

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Not much is known about Olmedo except that, judging by this early-'80s album, she's a singularly fine ranchera singer. In broad terms, she's in the mainstream: power, passion, a kind of self-assertive woe, and on the the technical side a voice about an octave deeper than Al Green's. But she has a lot of taste and style. She gives the lyrics all the hi-test emotion they need without ever aiming blatantly for the Kleenex box; and invests every one with a full charge of feeling yet never sounds "crafted."