Xenia Rubinos - Una Rosa
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2021 Ratings: #334 / 660
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2021 Ratings: #308
Liked by 5 people
October 15, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Anti- / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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The singer-songwriter’s latest album is steeped in Caribbean texts that have influenced her musicianship. In its shades of love and grief, it sounds like life as it arrives.

It's a slightly exhausting but often thrilling sonic voyage.

The Line of Best Fit

She didn’t make a record expected of her even by fans of her last LP and, in doing so, has produced something which is strange, chaotic and utterly her own.

Beats Per Minute

Rubinos has shown us a whole spectrum of emotions across Una Rosa that tell us she’s ready to take it face on.


With other songs featuring Psycho-like slashing string effects and whirring bass echo ("Darkest Hour"), robotic vocal distortion ("Did My Best"), and spoken-word broadcast recordings ("Cógelo Suave"), Una Rosa has a kitchen-sink, blown-out-speaker quality to it that will alternately alienate or excite.

best tracks:
Who Shot Ya?
Cógelo Suave
Darkest Hour
One of the best aspects of the western world’s new found cultural awareness is that is gives smaller communities an opportunity to have a voice and great artist to emerge and rise to the top. Brooklyn based musician Xenia Rubinos had already released two previous efforts with her newest and third album Una Rosa being my introduction to her and i’m absolutely thrilled by what I heard. Not only does Xenia have a exquisite voice when it takes center stage (like on “Don’t ... read more
I appreciate Xenia Rubinos as a person - is that weird to say knowing so little about her?

Xenia is as creative as she is confusing, but in a way that I'm ok with as her listener. She keeps things interesting! It's going to take me at least 3 more listens before I understand a fraction of wtf is going on.. But it's cool bc I know Xenia isn't concerned with winning you over.

She's making bilingual records that are futuristic, avantgarde, and almost indigenous but in an outer space sort of ... read more
Ice Princess - 0/5
Una Rosa - 4/5
Ay Hombre - 3/5
Working All The Time - 3/5
Sacude - 2/5
Who Shot Ya? - 3/5
Cógelo Suave - 4/5
Darkest Hour - 2/5
Don’t Put Me In Red - 3/5
Worst Behavior - 2/5
Did My Best - 3/5
Si Llego - 4/5
What Is This Voice? - 4/5
FIN - 0/5
Uma das grandes artistas que vem ressignificando a música latina, Xenia Rubinos traz em ‘Una Rosa’ um dos melhores discos do ano. Passeando entre o electropop, distorções robóticas em sua voz, flamenco, jazz, r&b, rumba e hip-hop, a cantora mistura línguas e gêneros para formar um álbum de produções complexas e experimentais. Com canções muitas vezes instrumentais ou com poucas palavras, ela consegue ... read more
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Added on: July 13, 2021