Betzaida, a native of Chicago with Puerto Rican and Mexican roots, shows much promise on her debut.

Betzaida, a native of Chicago with Puerto Rican and Mexican roots, shows much promise on her debut. Although reminiscent of Jennifer Peña in sound and material (both were produced by Rudy Pérez and Kike Santander), Betzaida has her own freshness and appeal. Primarily pop (save for a couple of norteña tracks, including a cumbia norteña version of the single "Te Tengo Que Aprender a Olvidar"), the songs are solid, though not groundbreaking. The one exception, "El Moreno," a mix of tropical pop with a reggaetón interlude and rap, doesn't quite jive with the rest of the album. Regardless, Betzaida's high, sweet voice has a compelling purity and is devoid of the affectations that hurt so many up-andcoming artists. The first single, a power ballad, does justice to her voice and personality.—LC

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