Full disclosure: My lady is Mexican and from South Texas. During our years together I have probably seen Selena between 30 and 40 times. Not only does each time still get me with a sucker punch to the grief bone, but it also serves as a reminder of why she is known as the undisputed "Queen of Tejano Music." As with most music scenes, this was a genre that was completely male-dominated before Selena was able to obliterate the glass ceiling and simultaneously destroy the notion held by many small-minded label execs that a Mexican-American woman couldn't cross over. Countless inspired young Latina ladies and 60+ million albums sold later, I guess out of touch rich white men don't always know what Americans want... Pressed up on (the perfect) purple vinyl, housed in a shimmering silver outer jacket (to match your most bedazzled bustier) and laced with hits upon hits upon hits, if you're not doing the washing machine by the time "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" comes on and weeping by the time "Dreaming Of You" rolls around, then you're probably the type of person who gives Mexican restaurants bad Yelp reviews because the pico d' gallow is "just too darn spicy!" Say NO to demagogues, say YES to Selenas!
- colored vinyl pressing
- limited edition
- gatefold sleeve
- music label: Capitol Latin 2016
reviewed by tkat 11/2016
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