On the heels of Tijuana's Julieta Venegas' alt-pop smash hit and Latin Grammy winner Sí comes yet another Mexican norteña that should make as much noise. Monterrey-born Ely Guerra's fourth album is truthful to its name. It has a strong pop element during the "sweet and sour" segment (the first six songs); and as delicate, ethereal, and sensual as you can get in a country as machista as Mexico when she shows off her "hot and spicy" sides. At 32, Guerra finally understands that beauty does not go against quality. -- Javier Andrade
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