Mexican duo Sin Bandera (No Flag)—Leonel Garcia and Noel Schajris—has two distinct sounds and styles.
Mexican duo Sin Bandera (No Flag)—Leonel Garcia and Noel Schajris—has two distinct sounds and styles. On the one hand lies the acoustic feel of traditional Latin troubadours, evident on the opening track "Para Alcanzarte," a joyful, tasteful track with a tropical feel that uses acoustic guitars and the Venezuelan tres for effect. On the other, Sin Bandera also favors more commercial pop, much of it with R&B flourishes, especially in the vocals. While these poppier elements are well executed, they're not nearly as distinctive as the disc's more traditional stylings. Such tracks as "Kilómetros" and "Entra en Mi Vida" are catchy, indeed, but it's not a good sign when an act's sound too closely recalls that of other acts (which is the case with such songs). Still, the twosome—who write all their own material—definitely has something here in their balance of vocals and in their remarkable songwriting skills. "Te Vi Venir," sung over a single acoustic guitar, easily stands on its own, and "A Primera Vista" (with Joselo Rangel on guitar) is lovely. This is a group to watch and nurture.—LC