By: Pablo De Sainz
The new album from young Boricua Noelia is causing sensation among U.S. Spanish-language radio stations that play romantic and contemporary music.
Natural (Fonovisa, 2003) is an album full of rhythm and romance at the same time, with tropical rhythms, such as cumbia and salsa, and, of course, fresh ballads, where the singer is a queen. The feeling in Noelia’s songs that have made her famous is also present in her new album.
The 11 tracks in Natural, album that Fonovisa has called “the consolidation of a proposal that passes any barriers,” show a maturity in the young ballad singer. Also, as a surprise for all her fans, Noelia offers four bonus tracks that are different versions of some songs. For example, “Clavame tu amor” is included three times: ballad version, salsa version, and cumbia version. The same is true for “Ya no eres el mismo.”
And if we judge by the quality of its lyrics and the captivating sound of the music, we can say that Noelia has found her place in the world of ballads in Latin America.
“Noelia was born, grew up, and developed on the stage in Puerto Rico,” states the press release. “Show business was part of her essence by nature. That’s why her success was huge in 1999 with her debut album Noelia.”
With Natural, Noelia is back again with a good list of songs that, surely, will bring her even more success.
“In this great production Kike Santander and his team participate as producer of eight songs by known composers, such as Rudy Perez and Jorge Luis Piloto,” Fonosiva states. “Also, it includes three songs written by Noelia and Grullon, who have formed a great duo of composers.”
Some of the songs that outstand from Natural: “Y se ira” is a melody with a tremendous rhythm that will surely become a classic of romantic music in Spanish. “Puedo ser tu libertad,” written in part by Noelia, is an invitation to love. “Como corre el rio hacia el mar” is a song that, in addition to its great title, has good music.
Other songs in Natural are “Ya no eres el mismo,” “Tan cerca y tan lejos,” “Marcha atrás,” “Que poco sabes,” “Huella tras huella,” “Enamorada,” and “Voy hacia ti,” among others.
When one reads the song titles, it’s obvious Noelia is a romantic singer who focuses on love, betrayals, and forgiveness. It’s more than obvious that Noelia’s music is for those in love.
“Noelia retakes pop with more power; the contents in her lyrics are full of a strong feeling that talks about her experiences and about her way of being ‘natural.’”
Natural continues the style she used in her two previous productions, Noelia (1999) and Golpeando Fuerte (2000): a modern way of looking at love through the eyes of a young Puerto Rican girl.
Without a doubt, we’ll continue to hear from Noelia. We won’t be surprised if she receives several Grammy nominations later this year.