Amore Mio

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On her 17th album since 1990, Mexico's pop culture icon Thalia sought (according to interviews) to reintroduce herself to longtime fans and present herself to younger ones. Produced by Armando Ávila, Amore Mio attempts to walk the balance between the organic and the synthetic. It is her attempt at melding the live acoustic sound found on 2009's En Primera Fila with the more programmed, slick Habitame Siempre from 2012. The opening title track was written by Jose Luis Roma (half of the duo Rio Roma), and with its nylon-string and electric guitars, and its programmed beats, it's a fine example, while the set's first single, "Por Lo Que Reste de Vida" (that hit the Latin Top 20), is an all-out pop anthem. Other fine numbers include the rock & roll party jam "Cerveza en Mexico" and the love song "Contigo Quiero Estar," which starts quietly but goes out with a bang. There are two excellent duets on the album as well. "Tranquila" features stacked, nearly flamenco-styled vocals and skittering hip-hop beats as Fat Joe offers shouted crew support, while "Como Tú No Hay Dos," with its dramatic acoustic guitars, accordion, and four-on-the-floor beats features Becky G rapping in alternate verses. The spoken word that introduces "Tú Puedes Ser" frames one of the most uplifting and sincere performances on the disc. The album was certified Gold in Mexico within two weeks of release, and hit the top spot on the Latin albums chart. Amore Mio's release coincides with the launch of the singer and telenovela star's fashion line with Macy's.

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