Paloma San Basilio

Amolap

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Paloma San Basilio, one of Spain's most iconic singers of traditionals, light opera, musical theater, and romantic ballads, has decided that at 61 she is entitled to a little fun. Pushed by her daughter Shalee, who also produces, San Basilio reinvented herself as a techno diva in the bizarre Amolap ("Paloma" spelled backwards), complete with heavy makeup and feather boas. The album features six electro revamps of San Basilio classics such as "Juntos," "Luna de Miel," and "Por Qué Me Abandonaste," as well as a few new tracks, most notably the English-sung single "Love Makes My World Go Round," a hit across Spanish dancefloors. With its outrageously processed vocals and more than a passing resemblance in content and intent to Madonna's MDNA, the extreme makeover of Amolap is bound to receive as many critics as supporters -- but no one should fault San Basilio's sense of daring, or humor.

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