Christina Aguilera – Mi Reflejo

July 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM | Posted in Christina Aguilera | Leave a comment

ALBUM REVIEW
Christina Aguilera – Mi Reflejo

1. Genio Atrapado
2. Falsas Esperanzas
3. El Beso Del Final
4. Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti
5. Ven Conmigo (Solamente Tú)
6. Si No Te Hubiera Conocido (feat. Luis Fonsi)
7. Contigo En La Distancia
8. Cuando No Es Contigo
9. Por Siempre Tú
10. Una Mujer
11. Mi Reflejo

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Mi Reflejo is the first Spanish album and second studio album by American singer Christina Aguilera, released on September 12, 2000. This album has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and was #1 on the Latin Billboard Charts for over 20 weeks.

Genio Atrapado is the Spanish version of her song ‘Genie In A Bottle’, and I’ve heard this version about as much as the original English version. I can’t choose between the two, but I must say the Spanish version sounds a lot sexier since Christina adopted a sexier image already for this album than her debut album. She emphasizes her moaning in the pre-chorus, and although she apparently didn’t speak any Spanish (??) her pronunciation is not bad, except for one tiny part near the end.

Falsas Esperanzas sounds like a real Latin salsa/tropical song including tribal percussion, an acoustic guitar and brassy instruments. I consider this one of the best songs on the album since it has so much energy and spice to it, both the music and Christina’s vocals are fierce. It’s pretty short but long enough to also show her great vocal range (she hits an amazing F6 whistle note near the end of the song!).

The first ballad on the album El Beso Del Final, also one of the songs I enjoy the most on this album since it’s another one of her ballads with a lot of emotional impact. The percussion stays softly in the background all the way through, so the biggest part in the arrangement is for the beautiful sound of the acoustic guitar. Christina’s vocals get a real chance to shine this time, for her background and main vocals blend perfectly together, especially in the amazing chorus.

Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti is the next ballad, and another one I have enjoyed since the first time I heard it. It’s a lot slower than El Beso Del Final, so the dramatics are even bigger. Just like in the previous ballad, the focus is mostly on the Spanish/acoustic guitar, and the percussion stays softly in the background. Christina belts out her first full whistle note near the end for a couple of seconds, which is one of her biggest vocal achievements yet in my opinion.

The next track is the second one that’s a Spanish version of an English song. Ven Conmigo (Solamente Tú) is the Spanish version of ‘Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)’, and there’s one big difference between this version and the original: Christina herself sounds a bit duller and not as energetic, as if she’s focusing on her Spanish more than her actual singing. Her adlibbing is amazing then again (no language involved, doh). I prefer the original version.

Christina hasn’t done many collab’s in her career as far as I know, so to hear her first official one is a real treat. Si No Te Hubiera Conocido is a beautiful duet with Luis Fonsi, a Puerto-Rican singer (so they kinda share the same roots). They sound pretty good together, I like Luis’ vocals as well, but Christina tends to overpower him with her strong vocals. I like how this is a ballad with more R&B/pop elements than Latin, for a change. It’s really pretty, especially the last minute, recommended if you don’t know any of her Spanish songs yet.

I’ve heard her sing Contigo En La Distancia live, and thought it was a very freestyle and difficult song to sing, since it’s just her vocals and the acoustic guitar at first before the percussion softly (almost quietly) accompanies everything. It’s the ‘vocal track’ if I may call it that, since it’s all about her vocals in this track. Christina pulls a lot of (perhaps unnecessary) vocal acrobatics, but you can’t deny she has one of the best voices in the business.

Cuando No Es Contigo only started to sound interesting from the moment Christina starts her first verse. It’s like Falsas Esperanzas but then with a completely different pace; still it’s as Latin club worthy with the salsa-like percussion, guitar and brassy accents. It’s a very energetic track, vocally as well, and maybe a little tiresome after the previous big vocal track. Too overpowering, but individually a good track.

Next are three Spanish versions of already known songs. The first is the one for ‘I Turn To You’: Por Siempre Tú. As much as I love this ballad, her vocals could’ve been a little bit quieter at some points, they’re too loud sometimes if you ask me. Nonetheless, you can make out the emotion in her vocals and her dedication to this song. I still prefer the original for most of her Spanish tracks but this is not at all terrible.

Una Mujer is the parallel of ‘What A Girl Wants’, which suffers from the same issues as the previous track. Though in the bridge, Christina shows she can actually control her vocals too. She tries new vocal melodies as well, adding a whistle note right after the bridge which she does amazingly well ofcourse. I still like the nostalgic 90s feel this track has.

Vocally, Christina makes up for past mistakes with Mi Reflejo. Great control of her vocals, great emotional expression, everything about this track is as good as the original version. Maybe even better, sine she’s showing so much more confidence in her vocals now that she has a little experience as a singer. Being the title track, it’s the best choice to cap the album.

Mi Reflejo is definitely not as good as her debut album, but only for one reason: when Christina sings in Spanish (or any other language than English for that matter), she loses control of her vocals at crucial points in a song. The only ‘English-to-Spanish’ track she did perfectly right was the title track, the other songs were not terrible but they lacked vocal control.
Now to the positive aspect: this album has brought along a couple of new songs which were absolutely amazing, or at least very enjoyable. Except for Cuando No Es Contigo, that track was a little bit too much and she even shouted out her lyrics sometimes. I loved her new ballads, with El Beso Del Final and Si No Te Hubiera Conocido as the real gems. I’m pretty satisfied with this album.

Favorite tracks: Genio Atrapado | Falsas Esperanzas | El Beso Del Final | Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti | Si No Te Hubiera Conocido (feat. Luis Fonsi) | Mi Reflejo

OVERALL RATING

3½ stars

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