Irene Farrera

Soy de Ti

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Although Latin pop singer/acoustic guitarist Irene Farrera was born and raised in Venezuela, she is hardly a Venezuelan purist who embraces the joropo rhythm 100 percent of the time. Farrera is interested in a variety of Latin music, and her broad-minded outlook serves her well on Soy de Ti. This eclectic and risk-taking CD, which Farrera co-produced with jazz explorer Andy Narell, isn't without Venezuelan elements, but she also incorporates everything from Afro-Cuban salsa and Spanish nuevo flamenco to Brazilian samba (both the pop sounds of Rio de Janeiro and the Afro-Brazilian rhythms of Bahia). Farrera is bilingual, she sings in both English and Spanish on Soy de Ti, and the lovely ballad "Non So" finds her singing in Italian as well as Spanish. "Non So" is the epitome of multiculturalism; imagine someone with a Venezuelan accent singing both Italian and Spanish lyrics over a caressing, Rio-minded Brazilian beat that would be perfectly at home on a João Gilberto album. And thankfully, Farrera's experimentation always sounds organic and natural instead of forced. This is a highly rewarding CD that no lover of Latin pop should overlook.

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