On Aguilera's CD Mi Reflejo (RCA) she's finally able to stretch her wings. Aguilera is half Irish American and half Ecuadoran, but she was primarily raised in an English-speaking home. With this new CD she sets off in search of her Spanish heritage, a modern-day answer to the Spanish explorers of centuries past. The conquistadors were seeking a new world; Aguilera is searching for her roots. The CD, produced by Rudy Perez (Luis Miguel), consists of five translations of her pop hits and six original Spanish recordings.
The collection offers Aguilera stylistic challenges. Confronted with the bolero standard Contigo en la Distancia, she lends the song nuanced passion. And on Cuando No Es Contigo, a hard-salsa number co-produced by Sergio George (Marc Anthony), Aguilera confidently charges through tempo changes. It's a Latin implosion, and we listen impressed as she finds new fires within.