Bangers & Tropical Bops: Stream Paulina Rubio’s ‘Deseo’ In Full

Paulina's 'Suave Y Sutil'
Paulina Rubio returns with a catchy new single called 'Suave Y Sutil.'

With Latin-pop conquering the airwaves courtesy of crossover hits by Luis Fonsi, J. Balvin and Becky G, now is the perfect time for Paulina Rubio to reclaim her throne as the Queen of Mexican pop. The glamorous diva dropped her first album in seven years on Friday (September 24) and Deseo was well and truly worth the wait. “I was looking to maintain the key element — for the music to be danceable,” the 47-year-old revealed in an interview way back in 2016 and she certainly delivered on that front.

From beginning to end, Deseo is jam-packed with bops. However, she has moved on from the Euro-centric synth-pop of Brava! in favor of an earthier, more traditional sound. As much as I would love another collaboration with RedOne (“Boys Will Be Boys” is still that song), this is more on trend with what’s being played on radio. It’s hard to single out highlights on an album as consistently enjoyable as this, but previously released singles “Me Quema,” “Suave Y Sutil” and “Mi Nuevo Vicio” are as good a place as any to start.

The spicy bangers continue with “Late Mi Corazón,” Paulina’s heady collaboration with Juan Magán. Half way through the album, however, there’s a noticeable shift towards Latin-pop. The enduring hitmaker rocks out on “Hoy Eres Ayer,” while “Cuanto Te Quiero” is an instantly catchy anthem that samples (or possibly just interpolates) “La Bamba.” Regardless, it’s a great song and should be rolled out as a single. The same goes for the gloriously atmospheric “Bajo La Luna.” Queen Pau has never sounded sexier.

Deseo winds up with two versions of “Si Te Vas,” a pairing that sums up the album’s goal of appealing to lovers of all kinds of Latin sub-genres. The original version, which dropped way back in 2016, is a traditional pop/rock anthem that really should have been a lot bigger. There’s also a reggaeton version featuring Puerto Rican duo Alexis Y Fido. It loses some of the charm of the original, but is guaranteed to have you shaking your ass before the chorus kicks in. Stream Paulina’s 11th album in full below.

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