Mexican superstar Thalia’s 17th studio album âdesAMORfosisâ is about the stages of love.
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There is a lot to love about Thalia.
The Mexican pop star has released nearly two dozen solo albums throughout her career after a run with popular teenage band Timbiriche. She has been called the queen of telenovelas for her record-breaking series of Mexican soap operas which have been translated for several countries and made her a world star. She pushed her empire forward with a line of clothing, shoes and jewelry at Macy’s launched in 2015.
Like so many performers, love has been a recurring theme in his music. âLoveâ was the title of one of his first albums. The title song showcased a grim take on emotion against a throbbing house beat. The 1997 anthem âAmor a la Mexicanaâ, fueled by mariachi horns, became one of his greatest hits. She covered Selena’s “Amor Prohibido” at a 2005 tribute concert in Houston. Last year, Thalia dedicated the poignant ballad âPor Amor al Arteâ to the LGBTQIA + community.
His new album, âdesAMORfosisâ, explores love in real time. The collection of 14 tracks, released on May 14, is a kind of concept album. It follows a relationship from the first glance to the final farewell.
âIt was a real time to review things and find out why they were taking up space in me. I let go of certain emotions, of defuse (heartbreak); and those loves that have been so important in my life, I just thanked them and let them go. It was a metamorphosis of myself, like a new beginning, a change of skin, âsays Thalia, 49.
Immerse yourself in love
The album title is a combination of the words disenchantment, love and metamorphosis. (Thalia’s favorite love song? “No Ordinary Love” by Sade takes her “to another universe.”)
The cover features a rendering of Thalia in golden armor, her heart exposed through a window. A knife is placed nearby, symbolizing the injury she suffered. The songs are lush and mature, effortlessly shifting from reggaeton and bachata to tropical and banda.
âDesAMORfosisâ combines the words disamour, amor and metamorphosis.
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âIt’s that first moment, when you have this contact. Your skin has goosebumps, you have this attraction. The second song is when you are blind and you love this love. The third song is when the veil falls from the eyes, and you really start to see these terrible patterns in that person. You say, “It’s not good, but I’ll try.” Then the breaking of it, âshe said.
“It’s all these trips for love until in the end you have to understand that if you don’t love yourself and start with yourself, the rest will be impossible.”
Stay at home
The album was recorded over the past year, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This meant plenty of solo sessions at home amid virtual reunions and family time. Thalia has two children with musical director Tommy Mottola. They have been married for over 20 years. She has also remained closely linked with fans on social media, particularly Instagram, where she has 17.5 million subscribers; and TikTok, with 50 million likes.
There are lyrical Easter eggs for fans everywhere, references to past hits such as “Maria la del Barrio”, “Piel Morena” and “Valiente”.
âIt’s a very personal album and, yes, it surprised us during these weird times,â she says. âIt’s been a year since we started this process: writing, co-writing, producing, finding different ways to present the songs, to sing them, to work alone in my studio.
She learned to design her own voice in Pro Tools and compress files to collaborators. Several âdesAMORfosisâ singles have been released over the past year, including âYa Tu Me Conocesâ with reggaeton duo Mau y Ricky; âLa Luzâ with rapper Myke Towers; and empowerment âTick Tockâ with Sofia Reyes and Farina. The album also includes pairings with “Dakiti” singer Jhay Cortez and Banda MS.
Thalia says she pushed the album’s young production team, including Latin Grammy winners Tainy, Edgar Barrera and Maffio, to add ârealâ elements and instruments to the songs.
âWe’re used to this programming now,â she said, mimicking electronic beeps and whistles. “We need a musician with real experience in his fingers, with stories to tell through the piano, through the bongo.”
To that end, “Barrio” is the album’s most personal moment, a rumbling tropical ode to Thalia’s childhood. She sings parts in a conversational tone, giving her an intimate feel. The lyrics came to her almost instantly after hearing the music, and she cried after hearing them.
âIt was like a young Thalia, a teenager of 20, 30 years and the Thalia that I sing today all these words. It was so stimulating and so beautiful, âshe says. âThis is the love where you come from, accepting and loving all of those roots and what makes you who you are today. Every song has something about me, a piece of my life. It might sound like a lot of vulnerability, but it’s like a release. It feels so good. “
Thalia’s language of love
Love (1993): A Dark House Anthem That Was Ahead Of Its Time
Amandote (1995): Bouncy Pop written by AB Quintanilla III and Ricky Vela from Selena y Los Dinos.
Amor a la Mexicana (1997): Thalia established herself as a performer on the album’s title song.
Baby i’m in love (2003): A silky single from her debut album in English.
You know he never loved you / Amar Sin Ser Amada (2005): Brash dance-pop.
Amor Prohibido (2005): Thalia performed this Selena classic live in Houston.
Estoy Enamorado (2010): Duet with Puerto Rican singer Pedro Capo from his superb live album âPrimera Filaâ.
Love me dearly (2010): A virtual duo for the tribute project âViva Elvisâ.
Te Perdiste Mi Amor (2013): Heartbreak with Prince Royce, bachata idiot.
Amore Mio (2015): Airy, powerful and one of Thalia’s best singles.
Solo ParecÃa Amor (2015): Thalia is often at her best on power ballads.
VuÃ©lveme in Querer (2016): An even better display of power balladry.
TodavÃa te Quiero (2016): Thalia teams up with reggaetonero De la Ghetto.