Download the rest of LAGNIAPPE here, must have album.
Lagniappe - pronounced as lanny-yap, as per Wiki means a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase, which also means -- receive this great album for free and you'd still owe her in the end.
This new album, released last January 20 is a great look into the songwriting of much under rated artist Maria Carmina. While some songs tend to favor a more electronic pop texture, it is the melodies intertwined with beats from various producers that creates direction. She is able to select and create some common ground for the project, which is rarely seen and heard, specially from a woman. Most women artists I know allow the beats to lead but Maria displays her unique experience in formulating albums with producers from all over the world. She dropped a few albums in 2012, yes a few, plural.
My favorite track would be Inadequacy. While first time APLM listeners would listen to this -- and it will resemble the same feeling hearing electro euro pop records where they know who the DJ is but have no idea who is singing -- this is a good thing. I also wouldn't mind hearing When You're Sober on the radio. Give this album a shot, its a gift anyways.
Hmmm, maybe a better album cover.