Dominican singer/songwriter Alih Jey released her self-titled debut album Sept. 11, 2001.

Dominican singer/songwriter Alih Jey released her self-titled debut album Sept. 11, 2001. Despite a strong single, "It's OK," the album caused barely a ripple because of the unfortunate timing. With her sophomore effort, we hope Jey will get the chance to prove her worth. "Gotas de Piel" is fresh and distinctive, boasting Jey's own songs set to tasteful pop arrangements with a slight rock edge, but not enough to turn off radio programmers. Songs range from the upbeat "De Prisa" and the self-affirming "Muñequita Tuya" to the more reflective "Por Eso," a ballad with lush string arrangements that brings out the artist's childlike yet assertive voice. Jey sounds like Tori Amos in "Borrarte"—singing over piano and cello—and entirely like herself in "Te Lo Debo a Tí," one of the best female pop tracks in recent memory. If sophomore albums define careers, this one's a winner.—LC