Lola by Carrie Rodriguez

Lola Carrie Rodriguez ★★★★ A bilingual country album that works just as well track-by-track as it does an album. Absolutely phenomenal.         Lola opens with one of three songs sung entirely in Spanish — one of four songs that are entirely monolingual — and closes with the same. Rodriguez referred to Lola in interviews as a “TexMex” album, which is true insofar as it is sung throughout in admixed Spanish and English, but that framing is key; listening to Lola, the first and final is the former, not the latter. Which is part of why songs like “Z” and “The West Side” (the latter the aforementioned...
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