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Dulce Beat

Belanova

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Album Review

Mexican electronic pop trio Belanova established themselves as an appealing act with their debut album, Cocktail (2003), and its chart-topping single, "Tus Ojos." With their second album, Dulce Beat, however, they establish themselves as downright irresistible, as the album includes about a half-dozen songs just as infectious as "Tus Ojos." Vocalist/songwriter Denisse Guerrero, programmer/keyboardist Edgar Huerta, and bassist Ricardo Arreola possess a clear talent for sticky-sweet pop music. Their songs are simple and to the point, which is, of course, the hooks, which in almost all cases are instantly memorable. None more so than that of "Por Ti," a song that demands endless plays (and if not on your iPod, then in your mind, where it will likely be lodged for longer than you may like). In addition, "Niño," "Soñar," "Miedo," and "Me Pregunto" — literally every other song of the 11-track Dulce Beat — likewise boast memorable hooks so effervescent you feel as though you're floating lightly in the air as you listen along. There's no single quality that makes these songs so magnetic; rather, it's a combination of Guerrero's pixyish voice as well as her baby-doll swagger, Huerta's swirling layers of soft-hued electronics, and Arreola's driving basslines, not to mention the Midas touch of Cachorro López. The Argentine producer, rightly recognized for his brilliant work with Julieta Venegas, brings a key sense of vibrancy to these songs, so that when the hook comes around, it catches your ear forcefully. His production is in large part what makes Dulce Beat so much more charming than its predecessor, for it's easy to hear the relation between the music here and that which López produced for Venegas on Limón y Sal and Paulina Rubio on Ananda, both subsequently released in 2006. As wonderful as many of the songs on Dulce Beat are, though, the album itself at times feels insubstantial, more like a collection of singles interspersed with B-sides than a genuine album. For instance, it might have benefited from an occasional collaboration or stylistic detour, if only to mix up the proceedings a touch.

Customer Reviews

bellanova - dulce beat

i discovered bellanova while in guatemala. very reminiscent of good 80's pop. the track "por ti" is infectious. i don't speak spanish but i find myself singing this song all day. i highly recommend this album for good fun pop. even if you don't speak spanish you will still love it.

Dreamy electronic pop from Mexico

The sophomore album from this talented trio has gone platinum in the group's native Mexico, and for good reason. Produced by Cachorro Lopez (Aterciopelados, Julieta Venegas), Dulce Beat boasts brightly colored, deceptively sophisticated pop. Insanely catchy lead single "Me pregunto" floats along wistfully while "Miedo" gleefully relives 80s synth. Other highlights include "Sonar" and "Te Quedas o Te Vas". Recommended if you like Natalia Lafourcade, Kinky, Amigos Invisibles, the above mentioned artists, or electronica/pop in general.

Unique

This has got to be one of the best new Mexican bands in years. In the TV show "Otro Rollo", they sang live (Without playback/tape), and it was an exceptional performance. My favorite tracks are 2,4,7, and 9. Recommend it to anyone who likes Dance-type music.

Biography

Genre: Latin Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of the most sensational Mexican pop acts of the mid-2000s, Belanova enjoyed tremendous success in their native country, especially with their second album, Dulce Beat, whose single "Por Ti" notably logged a record-setting 29 weeks atop MTV Mexico's Top 20 chart. Vocalist/songwriter Denisse Guerrero, programmer/keyboardist Edgar Huerta, and bassist Ricardo Arreola formed Belanova in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 2000. After a couple years, they signed to Virus Records, a Mexican dance label owned by...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Latin Pop, Music, Latino
  • Released: Jun 15, 2005

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