Millie

Puerto Rican singer Millie's collection of assertive yet good-natured pop/rock tracks, peppered with a handful of standard romantic ballads, could be described as "feminism lite." This isn't meant to

Puerto Rican singer Millie's collection of assertive yet good-natured pop/rock tracks, peppered with a handful of standard romantic ballads, could be described as "feminism lite." This isn't meant to be disparaging; Millie's solution to a bad day is simple: "take an aspirin, dress feminine," and have a good time. (We can relate.) All the tracks on this, the singer's BMG debut (she was previously on EMI), have been penned by Spanish writer/producer Rafael Pérez Botija, who displays a knack for parlaying how women perceive men. As for Millie, her vocals are sweet and untaxing; her anger in "Morir de Pie" comes across as simple exasperation. But throughout, she manages to convey a sense of intimate conspiracy—plaintive in "Manos de Seda," convincingly romantic in "Para Siempre." More important, she appears to be having fun, and the feeling is contagious.—LC