Mexican Starchild Goddess Shakes Up that Cosmic Bling

She stares out at us from the cover of the CD case, weird shiny stuff radiating from her head, a starchild goddess with big fat gangsta rings on every finger. Her album proper begins with a lick stolen from Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone" and ends with a song called "Dame Otro Tequila" featuring the fakest mariachi horns ever synthesized. She just broke up with her jet-setting architect boyfriend and is now dating Chris Judd. Clearly we are in the presence of genius.

She calls the album Pau-latina but it's more like Pan-latino: Every form of Latin music is plundered and looted, because she's a damn pirate and she just doesn't care what you think. "Te Quise Tanto" is accessorized with a "Livin' la Vida Loca" rumble-riff and flamenco guitars and some psychedelic wah-wah noise, making it the year's best single so far; "Perros" will succeed it this summer probably, because it's reggaetón, because it's fun as hell, and because it might as well be "Who Let the Dogs Out" with Chihuahua barks.

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She can be corny and soft-soap sometimes, but that is her privilege, because she's a pop savant from another planet. Recognize, represent, etc.

 
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