Album Review               : LA FORMULA

Artist                  :       ROMEO SANTOS

Genre                 :       POP / LATIN

Date of Released     :               2014

The album started with voice messages from his friends telling Romeo Santos that they are excited with this album despite some of them disliking the title “La Formula Vol 2.”  Indeed, an excitement will start to build up the moment that you learn and listened that the first song “Inocente” is pure Latin sound that it reminds you of old school Spanish music from Trios Los Panchos.  Then, the next song “Necio” will heighten your interest in this record as it featured Santana on guitars as usual.  There is no question that Santana did enhance this music which is sexy to listen to.

“Amigos” might make you consider learning the flamenco; it is a good song to dance and sway your hips and stomp your feet.  The guitar riff made the music very engaging.  “Canciones de Amor and Eres Mia” feels like a continuation of “Amigos.”  The inclusion of Drake in the song “Odio” did not deter Romeo Santos to stay old school and continue to sing standard Latin music while Drake entering the picture from time to time giving the song more current feel. .

“Yo Tambien” is very interesting as it feature the King of Salsa Marc Anthony.  Their duet worked successfully as their voices matched very well.  Another song which you can call very pleasureable to listen from this album is “Fui Jamaica.”  You can imagine sand and beaches while listening to this song; that is how enticing merging reggae and old school Latin music.  It is quite surprising to know that Nicki Minaj is featured in this song “Animales.”  Thus, you want to listen to the whole song and experience how will she fare.  As usual, she rap and rap she did and with a little singing using a voice that is similar to Rihanna.  In “Propuesta Indecente,” it has a lead guitar which is worthy of copying.

If you want old school Latin album with infusion of current crop of performers, this is a very good album to listen to.  While it may not replicate what Santana did with his Smooth album, this record will earn good marks from Latin music fans enthusiasts especially the older ones.  I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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