On March 31, 1995 Tejano, Pop Latino and Cumbia Mexicana singer, Selena Quintanilla-Perez, known simply as Selena, was shot in killed in a Corpus Christi hotel. After news struck of her death, the hearts of many created a sullen blanket that laid upon the country. The singer released her first, self-titled album in 1989, was known for mixing authentic Mexican Mariachi and Tejano with pop undertones, much like her hit “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”
In her latest posthumous album, “Enamorado de Ti,” some of Selena’s biggest hits feature some of Latin music’s best artists as well as a few remixed songs. “Enamorado de Ti [Merengue Mix]” adds a lively, tropical tone to the original slow tempo love song. Though enjoyable, the song seems awkwardly paired when it comes to collaborating artists, who often clash with Selena’s voice and the overall sound, as much like in the album’s version of “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” featuring Selena Gomez. It is obvious that Spanish isn’t Gomez’s first language, and comes in a distant second. Gomez’s odd voice — which becomes much higher and very squeaky when speaking Spanish — doesn’t match the rest of the song and momentarily brings everything to a halt. Speaking of ill-chosen artists, “Como la Flor” could also stand a collaborator different than Cristian Castro. If you’re new to Spanish-speaking music, you’ll enjoy the mixes. If not, avoid them at all cost.
Besides those three, every other song on the Spanish-English album is excellent. It includes several songs, unchanged, by Selena, and a few select songs with a catchy and appropriate 2012-spin. One of two collaborations done right, “Amor Prohibido” featuring Samo, is an album favorite and sounds like the type of music that the singer would be making today.
FOR FANS OF: CAMILA, KUMBIA KINGS, AND GLORIA TREVI