Cover of Monica Naranjo's 2009 "Tarantula"
I can't believe no one caught this epic, powerful song when it came out in 2009. And I have to thank Vevo for finally bringing her videos to light and to iTunes for making her music available - and with that, I basically answered my own question. No promotion? No one knows of your product. And Monica Naranjo is a diva. No, let me rephrase it: she's a DIVA. Powerful vocals that would make Adam Lambert pee in his leather pants, a beauty reminiscent of Joan Crawford circa 1932, and a production that while a bit reminiscent of Evanescence, marks a significant change in her career.
For those of you not in the know, Monica Naranjo exploded ino the Latin pop/dance scene in 1994, singing pop ditty after pop ditty to great acclaim. The problem was, she saw herself as pigeon-holed to a genre, and her label wanted to mold her into a package. She eventually rebelled against this imposition and after an album dedicated to Italian singer Mina Mazzini and a failed disco album intended for the English-speaking market, she went into a period of inactivity, dabbling in movies and appearances, putting out a greatest hits compilation for the ones devoted to her.
Until she came out in 2008 with the dark, intense, and rock-oriented Tarantula, audiences hadn't seen this side of her - the brooding, Goth-drenched melodies explode, writhe, and scream out their melodies as she soldiers forward, be it in Spanish, French, English, using a variety of characters through her powerful, commanding voice. Europa, the single that became her biggest hit in Spain, a song that seems to narrate the fall of Europe to either World War I or II, starts out like a rock-opera, swings into EBM (Electric-body-movement), and concludes in full rock mode with hints of metal to a thrilling finale. Todo Mentira, Usted, and Para Siempre hint at the music Evanescence was creating in 2000 (Bring Me to Life), while only one single, Amor y Lujo, brings her back to full-on dance mode.
While she prepares her next album due early next year I think you should check her music out, particularly on the aforementioned Tarantula. And see her gorgeous, dark video for Europa, compared to the neon-bright video for Amor y Lujo - a criticism of society and an ode to drag queens - below.