With Natural, Noelia takes the next step in her career, moving beyond the dancefloor fire of earlier jams like "Candela" or "Tú." Here, she opts for guitar-framed adult-contemporary shuffles ("

With Natural, Noelia takes the next step in her career, moving beyond the dancefloor fire of earlier jams like "Candela" or "Tú." Here, she opts for guitar-framed adult-contemporary shuffles ("Ya Se Irá," "Como Corre el Río Hacia el Mar") that radio can plug in without a second thought. A typical example is first single "Clávame Tu Amor," which hooks listeners with bedroomy double-entendres. "Clávame" and "Ya No Eres el Mismo" are also recast in norteño and salsa versions. The wildcard is "Enamorada," a tribal cumbia with a Santana-like guitar intro that's likely to be a live favorite. She has a distinctive voice, thanks to her nasal, assertive mezzo-soprano. But to regain the heights of her 1999 self-titled debut, she may need to find more distinctive material.—RB

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