Ximena Sarinana, Alla | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc, International | Chicago Reader

Ximena Sarinana, Alla Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., April 24, 9 p.m. 2009

Ximena Sariñana got started in showbiz when she was 11, portraying the heartless, stuck-up daughter of a rich man on a Mexican soap opera; her real father is director Fernando Sariñana, and her mother is screenwriter Carolina Rivera. Now 23, last year she made the jump into music, hitting the ground running with her accomplished debut album, Mediocre (Warner Music Latin America)—the title track condemns the socialized conformity of the supposedly “perfect” woman. She had a hand in writing most of the songs, whose rich, sophisticated arrangements make Mediocre sound more than a little like a Fiona Apple record, albeit with Spanish-­language lyrics. With her strong, flexible voice Sariñana is equally at home in smoky, romantic ballads and effervescent, electronics-kissed pop tunes, and though she has a tendency to overemote—perhaps because she’s accustomed to projecting artifice as an actor—I’m willing to bet that she’ll get past that with a little more experience. Allá opens. —Peter Margasak

Price: $26-$28

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