El Disco de tu Corazón
f broken down entirely superficially, you could reasonably assume that Miranda! are the worst band on the planet. They’re a synth-pop group with the fashion sense of a community theatre troupe, their lyrics are unwaveringly cheesy, and their lead singer can only be described as an even more effeminate Prince. Their videos are uncritically campy and their songs are so overdramatic, they’d make Panic! At the Disco shake their heads in disbelief. Not to mention that the cover of their new album looks exactly like an advert for McDonald’s. Of course, looks can be deceiving: Miranda! are NOT the worst band on Earth. In fact, they’re the guiltiest pleasure in all of Latin music.
That’s not to say that Miranda! are above reproach. On previous recordings, the band developed a tendency to acknowledge the camp of their music with a knowing wink at their audience, either through sub-soap opera melodrama or sardonic humor. Obviously this technique has worked from time to time, but it can quickly become annoying. Luckily, Miranda! spend the majority of their third album, entitled El Disco de tu Corazón, not only reveling in flamboyance, but actually, gasp! , maturing in their song crafting.
Opening track “Prisionero” is a dizzying pop song of the finest sort, satiated with overly romantic clichés and a slick dance beat, a formula utilized in “Don,” their acclaimed single from last year. “Hola” could be an outtake from Shakira’s Fijación Oral and its pulsating rhythm and teen pop-esque melody combine to create one of the most enjoyable tracks of the year in any language. “Enamorada” is a doppelganger for a Paulina Rubio single, with its prominent electric guitar strumming and big disco-pop chorus.
Finally, “Perfecta,” a duet with Julieta Venegas, is perhaps the best song Miranda! has ever written. Utilizing instrumentation straight out of a 1980’s prom playlist, Miranda! and Venegas exhibit remarkable chemistry as they tell the story of a friendship beginning to turn into romance. In the hands of other Latin pop stars, this would be a formulaic boy-girl love song, but Miranda! infuse enough charm and sweetness into it to transcend the archetype into something truly unique.
Unfortunately, the rest of El Disco de tu Corazón never regains the momentum of its opening 1-2-3-4 punch. “Nada es Igual” and “Vete de Aquí” could be classified as novela-pop send-ups if they weren’t so musically stale as to be inferior to the work of RBD. And while Miranda! has improved a bit when it comes to their acoustic work, notably on “No Me Celes,” these type of songs still act as a stick in the mud when taken in the context of the entire album.
These slip-ups aside, Miranda! continue to exhibit what has made them one of the most promising bands in Latin America. And with a bit more experience and a few more great singles, they’ll do more than just lampoon the RBD’s of the world; they’ll be giving them a run for their money.
Reviewed by: Andrew Casillas
Reviewed on: 2007-07-09