Sweet & Sour, Hot y Spicy - Ely Guerra

Higher Octave

When divas Latinas like Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Paulina Rubio are dotting the charts with their sugary pop, it’s refreshing to hear someone like Ely Guerra El-ee GARE-ah making some noise. She left her home in Mexico City at 15 to pursue music full-time, inheriting a love for the seductive sounds of Bossa Nova from her mother.After taking a break to study English at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, Ely decided to turn up the heat on her career and her sound.True to the title of her new release, Sweet & Sour, Hot Y Spicy, Ely’s adds an alternative rock edge to the Latin pulse. Combined with a bold and brassy persona, she’s taking her music from sensuous to sizzling. The disc is divided like an old LP with a Sweet & Sour side and a Hot y Spicy side. My taste leans toward to the crunchy guitars on the Sweet & Sour side. I might just go elsewhere to get something Hot y Spicy. But, it's kinda nice to have them both on the same menu.