Tuesday, July 09 2013 10:00

Review: Mariana Iranzi - HOLA HELLO

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Hola HelloThere's a lot to love on HOLA HELLO, the latest release from New York-based songwriter/bassist MARIANA IRANZI. The Argentina native has assembled a multi-national crew of co-conspirators and guest musicians for her 13-song, family-friendly set. Players and collaborators from the USA, Uruguay, Panama, Portugal, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Belgium, and Israel are all represented alongside Iranzi, who carries the flag for Argentina (and for rock).

The bilingual collection seamlessly flows between English and Spanish on the lyrical front, while Iranzi includes a diverse array of musical styles in her songwriting toolkit, with elements of Rock, Pop, Reggae, and Blues taking on a cheerful, Latin flavor. The title track is a fitting greeting to welcome listeners into Mariana's world...

Mariana Iranzi"El Tren" (The Train) is a favorite on the album, and a song bound to grab the ears of little train enthusiasts, while "I Go" is another choice cut that also grooves to a transportation-based theme. Particularly impressive on the self-produced effort is the production itself - the album just sounds great, and the mix is fantastic. If there's one negative, it's the inclusion of "Five Little Monkeys," one of the most over-covered children's songs, and one I've probably heard a dozen artists do in the past year alone. 

As I've noted here on The Rock Father in the past, I do not speak Spanish (sans a bit I've picked up largely from the music of BRUJERIA - I've said that before, and I'm serious) but that never matters when it comes to music, which truly is a "universal language." Through albums like this one, I hope that my children will take an active interest in learning to speak other languages and explore other cultures.  

HOLA HELLO is available now on iTunes, or at Mariana's Official Site.


The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars

FTC Disclosure: This album was provided to The Rock Father for the purpose of review consideration.. just as music reviews have been handled for 50+ years. All opinions are that of James Zahn with input from his children. Why are you actually reading this disclosure? It's government-mandated common sense, right?

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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