Thalía

In Thalía, Mexican singer/actress Thalía brings forth a new sound that aims to be earthier, edgier, and far more rock-driven than her previous, more dulcified pop.

In Thalía, Mexican singer/actress Thalía brings forth a new sound that aims to be earthier, edgier, and far more rock-driven than her previous, more dulcified pop. That said, Thalía is pop, but of the most satisfactory kind, aided by excellent songs (most written by Estéfano); interesting, organic arrangements; and Thalía's distinctive (if sometimes affected) vocals. "En la Fiesta Mando Yo," an upbeat dance track with surprising accordion accompaniment, is irresistible, and the rock ballad "No Me Enseñaste" highlights a voice with range and pathos. Equally strong is "La Loca," a rollicking, thrusting duet with Rabanes lead singer Emilio Regueira rapping. Results are less satisfying on the set's English-language tracks—"Closer to You" and reworkings of "The Mexican" and "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"—simply because the material is unremarkable. Such tracks are not suited for an artist who sounds like she's found her voice and her material.—LC