When you listen to Spanish newcomer Bebe, quickly skip the inconsequential, dance-tinged first track.
When you listen to Spanish newcomer Bebe, quickly skip the inconsequential, dance-tinged first track. From that point on, you'll encounter a surprising songwriter and a heartfelt, distinctive and convincing performer with a unique voice—the kind that comes around very sporadically in Latin pop. "Pafuera Telarañas" mixes Spanish flamenco sensibilities with tinges of dance, electronica and, sometimes, Beatles-esque lushness ("Con Mis Manos"). Bebe, who writes all her material, has an appealingly childlike voice that can turn almost nihilistic on tracks like the sparse "Siempre Me Quedara," mostly set over bare guitar and drums. It's creative, compelling stuff. Even if you don't go for the melodies, you listen to the cadence, the words and the voice. For commercial appeal, look at the flamenco/dance vibe of the single "Malo," a hit in Spain.—LC