Natalia was one of our first postings on DontStopthePop and this marks the last while in Spain. So who is Natalia I hear you ask? My boyfriend-from Malaga btw-has followed her career since she began with her debut album back in 2001 (doesn't that seem like a lifetime away?) and is thus a huge huge huge fan. If memory serves me well the CD included tracks recorded in London with hitmakers Metro (otherwise known as Brian Rawling and Graham Stack). Natalia is the one the right btw....
Her second album included the famous singer Lucie Silvas and saw Natalia covering Highway To Hell. For me, its the best album shes done. She's even cracked the UK charts with her urban disco track I Love This Game. All of which is pretty impressive considering that she finished 14th in the Spanish version of Pop Idol. She wasnt even in the semi-finals yet her chart success rivals the winner Rosa Lopez.
After taking time out she has returned this year with her pop polemic Nada Es Lo Que Crees which has got the blog IndieGirl/PopBoy typing out superlatives which it justly deserves. The lead single went to no.3 in Spain, a shocking position considering it wasnt even released in any physical format, and although it sounds a bit like Britneys Toxic and Girls Aloud No Good Advice it still holds that special essence that marks it out as a traditional Spanish pop song. The album consists of a total of 12 tracks some of which are co-written with Anders Wollbeck, a flurry of Swedish hit writers, and the team behind Kylies Confide In Me (Brothers In Rhythm).
So today we have three tracks for your delight!
Último Adios-written by the same stable behind Britney's Breathe On Me and Kylie's Confide In Me, Último Adios (The Last Goodbye) sounds very much like Rachel Stevens epic dance-ballad track I Will Be There from her second LP. Now this song was originally put aside for Kylie yet it ended up on Natalia's album. It is still, in its English form, being touted to other female acts so you might hear of it again. I've heard the original English demo version and its absolutely stunning.
Loco Por Mi-Sounds a bit like Sugababes Overload, Britneys Toxic and Girls Aloud No Good Advice. In other words pop at its finest. A MUST!
Highway to Hell-And now for something highly ridiculous. Taken from her second album, Natalia's cover of Highway to Hell is so fun you'll smile whether you like it or not. In fact, her third album is so cool its freezing and lacks the charm/giggles of her second that along with this little slice of pop heaven includes many more kitch moments. Consider her second album a a good laugh while the new one is for posing. Still, hope you enjoy! To buy her CDs check out El Corte Ingles.
Words: pop idol, losers, winners, Rachel Stevens, Swedish songwriters, Britney Spears, Spain
In other news:
-Congrats to all who have done well at their exams this year! Have fun at uni!
-In an odd turn of events, a Swedish act has "covered" a British girl group. The acts in question are the Swedish Pop Idol winner Agnes and Popstars losers Clea. The song is Kick Back Relax which is being released by Agnes at the end of September and looks to be another huge single for her. To listen to the new version by Agnes click here and to read the DontStopthePop review of the Clea "original" click here. The " " are being used as its not really a Clea song because their version was never released so.......
-Absolutely loving HomoElectrics recent posting of the Hindi ABBA. The duo were once featured on Radio 4 and I've spent literally years wondering whether I was dreaming or not.
-Absolutely loving Mika thanks to Gaypop. Check him out and try to catch him on tour when he visits your nearest local stage. The track Grace Kelly is everything I ever dreamt of and more! The male Amy Diamond? Billy Brown certainly sounds like something that could be on the much older Amy Diamonds' fourth album...
Posted by Robpop at Saturday, September 02, 2006