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A STAR IN ANY LANGUAGE

Last summer, Christina Aguilera rose to the top of the pop charts with her hit song, "Genie in a Bottle." Her self-titled debut CD has sold millions of copies worldwide. Now her new CD, "Mi Reflejo," takes her fans on a ride to explore her Latino side (her father is from Ecuador).

On "Mi Reflejo," Aguilera offers six new songs and Spanish versions of "Genie in a Bottle," "What a Girl Wants," "I Turn to You," "Come On Over (All I Want Is You)," and "My Reflection," the title track (the English version of this song from the Disney movie, "Mulan," got her a record contract).

All the new songs are either Latin dance beats or romantic ballads and contain a lot of percussion and guitar with loud trumpet blasts on the faster songs. "Falsas Esperanzas" is a very danceable fast song. There is a mid-tempo dance song, "Cuando No Es Contigo." This CD has three ballads: "El Beso Del Final," a pretty song although it doesn't show off all that Aguilera's voice can do; the impressive "Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti" which includes a Spanish guitar solo, and "Contigo En La Distancia," a slow piece in which Aguilera sounds like Gloria Estefan. "Si No Te Hubiera Conocido" is an impressive romantic duet performed by Aguilera and Luis Fonst.

The liner notes have the Spanish lyrics to all of the songs.

"Mi Reflejo" is an enhanced CD, so you can put it in your computer to see the music videos for "Genio Atrapado" ("Genie in a Bottle") and "Por Siempre Tu" ("I Turn To You"). There is also a link to Christina Aguilera's official Web site, www.christina-a.com.

"Mi Reflejo" is a wonderful CD that can be enjoyed by everyone, Spanish-speaking or not. As Aguilera was described on the recent Latin Grammy Awards, she really is a star in any language.

Andrea Kibler is a sophomore at Holland High School.

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