Rosana

On her third outing, singer/songwriter Rosana again blends intensely personal material with a distinct pop—and sometimes rock—sensibility.

On her third outing, singer/songwriter Rosana again blends intensely personal material with a distinct pop—and sometimes rock—sensibility. The resulting material is often evocative, lyrical, and musically outstanding, like "Gira," with its flamenco guitars, infectious chorus, and unexpected phrasing. Rosana is also unafraid to lay herself bare, as she does on "Donde Ya No Tengo"—a beautiful and effective bolero—and "Lloré" (I Cried), which is initially supported simply by acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies before it dissolves into a rock ballad. When Rosana opts to experiment, the results are less distinguished. "Pa Ti No Estoy" sounds like an imitation of the Police and "Mil Y Una Noche," with its Mexican feel, sounds contrived. But a balance of commercial appeal and musicianship will help this artist—a star in her native Spain—broaden her U.S. fan base.—LC