El Chico Del Apartamento 512
Label: Capitol Latin
This compilation imagines a world in which Selena survived -- and continued veering in poppier directions. Beloved hits are crisply remastered and reworked in contemporary styles; if the overhauling is nearly blasphemous at points, smoothing regional edges into almost unrecognizable mainstream ballads, it also showcases a vibrant talent that still shines in almost any context (even the Don Omar-featuring cumbia-funkified "Fotos y Recuerdos"). And where it really works, as on the gut-gripping Cristian Castro duet "Como La Flor," we get a glimpse of the artist she might have matured into.