Born in Iran and based in North America, Roxanna brings a classical voice to the forefront in world fusion and pop-based songs on her latest, seventeen-track release, Exotica. Roxanna’s sensual voice is matched by Chris Botti’s sensuous trumpet sounds backed by a fusion of pop and world music arrangements. The Latin and flamenco-tinged, “Unforgotten,” is an exotic medley of sounds that evoke nothing but magic and mystery. “The Air That I Breathe” is a slow, jazzy, pop standard song with breathy vocals and swishy percussion backed by jazzy piano melodies. “Only You” begins with sparkling guitar sounds and flamenco-like rhythms. Roxanna’s vocals are akin to another fellow countrywoman, Nazanin (a former Miss World). Every song is different, but they do not touch urban, dance, rock, or classical genres. Exotica is a great mix of world music styles backed with a great voice. The result is a winning combination that is highly-desirable.
5 Stars (out of 5). ~ Matthew Forss