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Lovers and Friends by Irene Diaz. A milestone in the career of the queen of love songs.

The much anticipated album from the queen of love songs is a  delicious  buffet of tempos, emotions, and styles, all with Diaz’s unique voice and arrangements. 

Patrick O’Heffernan

Lovers and Friends,  the long-awaited album by from the queen of love songs Irene Diaz, dedicated to friends and lovers and those who are both, is a  delicious  buffet of tempos, emotions, and styles, all with Diaz’s unique voice and arrangements.  Ten songs, some released earlier, each one a stand-alone wonder and all together touch every aspect of love, friendship, life —  sometimes in the lyrics, sometimes in the inflections of her  charmed voice.

This is an album to listen to with earphones because it is rich with details, lush with emotion, powerful with  urgency.  But more than that, it brings to life your past, your future, your memories – real and imagined – of loves, relationships that are, were, will be and could have been. Lovers and Friends is truly enchanted from the lilt of the opening title song to the mystery and power of “Push” to the trap /rap-influenced statement of “Hate  (is such a strong word)”  with Figgy Baby,  to the closing notes of “What’s Going On” that carry you away. 

I have known and followed Irene Diaz for 10-years, drawn by her curling, precise voice and unabashed emotionality.  From  the moment I watched her  perform “Crazy Love” (2.3 million streams and counting!)  in an improvised venue in Venice California a decade ago, I knew she was both a musical  angel and  sorceress –  a woman who wrote, arranged and performed music that  summons the pain and the ecstasy of love from a place and at a level that I have yet to hear others achieve.

  Lovers and Friends does exactly that with 10 very different  songs that settle in your  ears and keep playing in your mind. Truly a new milestone in her decade-long career, and a great beginning for the next decade.

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About Patrick O'Heffernan, Music Sin Fronteras (348 Articles)
Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist based in Mexico, with a global following. He focuses on music in English and Spanish that combines rock and rap, blues and jazz and pop with music from Latin America, especially Mexico like cumbia, banda, son jarocho, and mariachi. He is also edits a local news website and is a subeditor of a local Spanish language newspaper. Check out his weekly column Music Sin Frontera on Sunday nights.

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