Mexico does it better and here's the proof. In the past couple of weeks, the pop powerhouse has delivered triumph after triumph courtesy of legendary divas like María José, Fey and Belinda. Let's start with the former. I posted "Tú Ya Sabes a Mí", the lead single from La Josa's new album a few weeks ago and was slightly underwhelmed. It's a fun track but not the knock-out punch we're used to hearing from the ravishing beauty. Happily, María has come to her senses and settled on a different single to promote De Noche in Europe. "Extraña" is a vastly superior song and a far better representation of the album. I love every song on that gem and urge you to hunt down a copy.
That takes us to Fey. I've posted about this pop titan in the past but, in a nutshell, she was one of Mexico's biggest stars in the '90s - selling millions of albums and collecting number one after number one. Since then she's made more unsuccessful comeback attempts than Janet Jackson but I stanned for her last opus, which was basically the cheapest dance album ever recorded. This time she's back with a live album. I'm a bit confused but I think she's actually just singing old hits. Which is fine by me if "Frío" (below) is any indication of the quality. What a fucking anthem! The chorus is electric and Fey's live vocals sound better than your fave in the studio with T-Pain's autotune machine. Bring on the album - I can't wait!
Last and least is Belinda. It kills me to speak ill of the diva that brought us "Dopamina" - one of my favourite songs of all time - but "En El Amor Hay Que Perdonar" is a huge step backwards. The ex-Cheetah Girl is known for her international sound, high profile collaborations and quality production. Three qualities that are missing from this mess. It's not a bad song but I expect more from the Latin icon, particularly when the leaks from her upcoming album have been so brilliant. At least the video (below) is a flawless affair, which finds Belinda wandering around a beach with various wild animals. So edgy! Fingers crossed that the next single is a return to form.