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Album Review

When Jenni Rivera's career exploded in the '90s, it was a major event for banda — a style that, historically, has been one of the more male-dominated forms of Mexican music. There was never a law stating that banda artists had to be male or that female Mexican singers were obligated to sing mariachi, ranchera, or Tejano instead, but for whatever reason, banda is a style that one usually associates with male vocalists. Rivera has been a major exception, and because Yolanda Pérez is also a female banda artist, Dejenme Llorar will inevitably be compared to Rivera's work. The parallels are certainly there — both grew up in Los Angeles, both are bilingual, and both bring a Chicana perspective to banda. But the younger Pérez, who was only 20 when this debut album came out in 2003, is hardly a carbon copy of Rivera. While Rivera makes some pop moves, Pérez makes a lot more — Dejenme Llorar is hardly the work of a banda purist. It is, however, the work of someone who has obvious potential even though she falls short of the sort of excellence one expects from Rivera. Dejenme Llorar isn't exceptional or fantastic, but it's generally decent — and the album's best tracks make listeners want to keep a close eye on Pérez and see how she develops. Although 90 percent of the lyrics are in Spanish, Pérez can sing in English when called upon to do so, and obviously shares Rivera's appreciation of classic soul and doo wop. One of the album's highlights is a very likable remake of Barbara Lynn's '60s soul classic "You'll Lose a Good Thing," which lends itself nicely to a banda/corrido makeover. Despite its shortcomings and imperfections, Dejenme Llorar has more pluses than minuses and indicates that Pérez is well worth keeping an eye on. [Later versions of the album included the Yolanda Pérez/Don Cheto duet "Estoy Enamorada."]

Customer Reviews

0 starz

this song is SO lame it doesnt make sense and the video is the worst! so TACKY!

ARRIBA A POTRANQUITA

I love This CD!!!! I mean, Yolanda canta muy bien! El Cd esta buenisimo, asi k le doy 4 stars!!!! Keep up da good work Yolanda!

Yolandita is a great singer!!

My dad (CARLOS) actually knows Yolanda....he met her at my aunt's house....Viva Zacatecas!!!Yolanda has a really nice voice.....she has overcome many obstacles to be a famous singer....she started singing when she was very young.....Keep on singing Yolanda Perez!!!

Biography

Born: May 20, 1983 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '00s

Yolanda Perez is among the female vocalists who specializes in banda, a style of Mexican music that historically has been dominated by male artists. Banda music, which is known for its unique combination of horns and its chugging tubas, has flourished in Mexico as well as the southwestern part of the United States; Perez is one of banda's Mexican-American performers and has lived in the U.S. her entire life. Born in Los Angeles on May 20, 1983, and raised in that heavily Latino city, Perez had a...
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