Pop Latino should really be changed to something else. Maybe just to Latino or exactly what it is, Urban. Mexican singer, Thalia has really embraced the urban style with her new album, DesAMORfosis. There is no doubt that Thalia has played into the hands and gimmicks to get radio play and fans. At some point, I don’t even know Thalia anymore.
Once Thalia became a household name in the nineties, she has always pointed her music to follow the style and trends. When salsa and cumbias were big, Thalia had her songs to follow. When the bachata ruled the airwaves, Thalia was right there. When urban music hit, Thalia came to that genre too. At least one thing was true, Thalia never forgot her pop music roots. Until now.
There is nothing pop about DesAMORfosis. The album is 100% urban and it is a sad state of affairs that we lose another one to the dumps of urban music. I am very anti-urban and do not consider this to be pop music. People may debate because pop means popular and yes, urban is popular in the Latin world. Maybe I should applaud Thalia for staying relevant in the music world when she is truly is a pop princess. Thalia has no street cred, nor does she have an urban bone in her body. She is sitting in her pretty mansion with her perfect family and her designer dresses.
Thalia is not urban. This is why I complain so much. And in this album, we have her singing about the barrio. Really? I don’t think Thalia has ever been in a barrio in her life. I feel that the album and her music are just a money grab and do not really represent her at all. This is not an album where the artist is expressing themselves via the art of music. This is a “give me your money” album.
So why did I review this album if I am just going to talk smack about it and her? Lots of reasons. I went into the album hoping for something to like. There are a few urban songs that I do like. I do like Thalia and Maluma’s “Esta Noche.” I was hoped. I prayed for something to say that Thalia was still part of the pop family. I was let down with DesAMORfosis. My opinion. It doesn’t have to be yours.