Former child star Daniel Habif's first solo outing is surprising not only because it doesn't conform with the current standard of processed pop (especially if featuring TV personalities), but because

Former child star Daniel Habif's first solo outing is surprising not only because it doesn't conform with the current standard of processed pop (especially if featuring TV personalities), but because it features a singer with a distinct style and personality who actually—and refreshingly—sounds his age (18). Habif benefits from unabashedly catchy, youthful-oriented songs written by Rosa Salcedo and edgier pop arrangements that shun strings in favor of electric guitar, synthesizers, and the occasional jazzy piano. Habif's voice— slightly nasal and unafraid—is too in-your-face in this mix (perhaps to make the point that he actually sings?), but that makes listeners take note and remain interested. Me Matas features several de rigueur dance tracks, which Habif pulls off convincingly. Sadly, the same can't be said for the obligatory big ballad, in this case the title track, which is not convincing at all. But he's at his best on pop tracks like "Es Un Desastre," "No Encuentro Otra Manera," and "Bésame Bailando," where he sounds at ease and most like himself.—LC

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