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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid second offering with a more traditional Latin Jazz style
Less than a year after the release of her self titled debut album, Buika brings us "Mi Nina Lola", a less upbeat and more sentimental collection of songs. There is indeed a big difference between the two records - "Buika" was much more commercial, blending modern R&B arrangements with Latin influences whereas "Mi Nina Lola" has a very traditional Latin influence. Both...
Published on 13 Feb 2012 by Amillionmiles

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a mix
Smoky jazz mixed with some not so good rasping tracks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid second offering with a more traditional Latin Jazz style, 13 Feb 2012
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Amillionmiles (Hove, East Sussex) - See all my reviews
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Less than a year after the release of her self titled debut album, Buika brings us "Mi Nina Lola", a less upbeat and more sentimental collection of songs. There is indeed a big difference between the two records - "Buika" was much more commercial, blending modern R&B arrangements with Latin influences whereas "Mi Nina Lola" has a very traditional Latin influence. Both styles work for Buika, but I sense that her comfort zone is in the latter choice of arrangements which fit her raspy and powerful vocals like a glove.

"Mi Nina Lola" has a beautiful soothing story telling quality to it whilst "Ojos Verdes" allows for drama and emotion in Buika's sensual vocals. "Te Camelo" and its Flamenco guitar add a sense of nostalgia and intensity to this heartfelt recording but the captivating "Ay De Mi Primavera" with its subtle Jazz influenced rhythm, infectious melody and haunting vocals is the most appealing track on her second album. "A Mi Manera" has a chaotic and complex melody in the verses but a beautiful chorus with soft hypnotising vocal harmonies whilst "Nostalgias" has some breath taking Flamenco guitar arrangements which blend so well with Buika's plaintive vocals. "Triunfo" is a pleasing mid tempo song with a strangely familiar chorus with disturbing vocal harmonies. "Buleria Alegre" is a more creative song with lots of variations in its arrangements and melodies, giving it a very original sound. "Loca" has a catchy rhythm and an easy to follow soothing melody. The final track "Jodida Pero Contenta", also included on her first album, is a successful fusion of Latin Jazz and Samba (but I do prefer the original version as it has more panache). The only slight disappointment on this release is "Love", the only track sung partly in English, which has messy vocal arrangements and a bland Jazz background.

With a slightly less commercial influence, "Mi Nina Lola" highlights Buika as a credible Latin artist with a great potential and creativity. This release shows us that Buika is an artist to watch in the future and is starting to become a well respected and successful singer-songwriter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smoky, sensual, wonderful, 4 Sep 2008
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Charles Vivian (Cheltenham, UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this CD on the back of a review in "the Week."

It is a fusion of latin and jazz, and she has the most wonderful husky voice. A joy to listen to!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buika, 12 Dec 2013
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Y. Baqouah "Mora" (UK) - See all my reviews
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One of the best artist. I love her velvet voice and the Spanish and South American rhythms. Really extraordinary performer as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a mix, 3 Aug 2014
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Smoky jazz mixed with some not so good rasping tracks.
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