The New York-born pop star can belt it out with a force
that belies her petite frame - even in Spanish. Paying tribute
to her roots (her dad is Ecuadoran), the Latin-pop album
includes the by-the-book translation of "Genio Atrapado"
and "Ven Conmigo (Solamente Tu)" - yes, her massive
hit "Genie In A Bottle" and "Come On Over (All
I Want Is You)," respectively. It's a beautiful album for
any major Aguilera fan or someone who needs some pick up lines
for a South American vacation.
No one's really sure what this Toronto's
group's guru mascot Yahoo has to do with its youthful
urban-pop music, but the mixed age, mixed race, mixed gender
combo doesn't need gimmicks. The funky, friendly
| lead singer Genevieve, 24, rapper Revren,
21, and 14-year-old singers Brett and Zael, hopes singles like
"Dream About You" and "Something To Say"
will carve a CanCon niche within the current homogeneous pop
|Green Day -
While the album is off to a boring start with the title
Sex and Booze" redeems these Peter Pan punks. Much has
been made of the fact that these fathers/husbands/adults have
lost their nerve n' nonsense approach to rock n' roll. But
Joe's lyrics are still worthy reads. Bests are the
catastrophic hymn of "Misery" and celebratory decay
of "Deadbeat Holiday".
|Nelly Furtado -
Canadian icon didn't release another pop record.
|Flowing seamlessly from beginning to end, the tracks trip hop
into one another with a gentle vibe that is sexy, playful and
laidback. "I'm Like A Bird" is the stand-out in the
traditional chart-topping sense, while the Latin
"Legend" displays her nod to home-grown trailblazer
Esthero. With the label machinery behind this 21-year-old,
Whoa, Nelly! is likely unstoppable.
Animated pop heroes Simon and Milo follow-up their
multi-platinum Hot Show with another funny frolic through the
tales and woes of love. From the imaginative minds of The
Philosopher Kings Jay Levine (the boyish Brit Simon) and James
McCollum (the beefy Scandinavian Milo), this isn't
stick-figure stuff for the dance floor. It's colourful and
musical, if not a little annoying. From the single, "www.nevergetoveryou"
to the classic George Costanza/Everyman line "It's Not Me
It's You", complete with schoolyard nah-nah taunts, and
Latin-flavoured "Usted Es Muy Loco", Prozzak truly
are the pills of pop.
- Karen Bliss