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Richard Lugo is a modern R&B singer cut out of the time-tested mold of "smoldering voice, big production," so much so that the opening tune, "All the Girl I Need," sounds like an 'N Sync tune, set apart mostly by the flamenco guitar. His style from there blends a little of the Latin pop flavor of Ricky Martin with the boy bands -- and the formula works, thanks to fanciful vocal performances, solid grooves, and catchy hooks full of multi-voiced textured vocals. "Me" has a clever mix of many influences -- a boy band-like vocal, the Jimmy Jam-Terry Lewis-inspired wall of synth sound, and techno. "Just Act Like" is a gentle, balmy ballad blending modern hip-hop, retro soul, and flamenco elements. "Ven Ven Ven" goes for the full Latin effect: jumpy horns, Latin piano and guitar, and soothing romantic passages to balance the busy production overall. Later tracks like "If I" and "Lil' Senorita" slow down the pace to give Lugo's voice a proper spotlight. He doesn't squander it. This album has a very commercial, "been there, done that" quality about it, but it's still chock full of potential hits and is a very engaging listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2001
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596261425
catalogNumber: 62614
Rank: 169871

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Lugo   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Betty Wright   Background Vocals
Ed Calle   Flute,Trumpet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Michael Carter   Piano,Drums
Tony Concepcion   Trumpet
Derrick Culbreath   Background Vocals
Debra Killings   Bass,Background Vocals
Manny López   Guitar
Lester Mendez   Background Vocals
Dana Teboe   Trombone
Tomi Martin   Guitar
Ricco Lumpkins   Bass,Piano,Strings,Drums
Michael McLymore   Drums,Keyboards
Jimmy Killings   Guitar
Jasper Cameron   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Betty Wright   Vocal Producer,Vocal Coach
Dallas Austin   Executive Producer
Debra Killings   Producer
Lester Mendez   Producer,Engineer
Rick Sheppard   MIDI,Sound Design
Alvin Speights   Engineer
Willia Jackson   Engineer
Carlton Lynn   Engineer
Ricco Lumpkins   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Jerry Flowers   Producer
John Horesco   Engineer
Eddie Horst   String Arrangements
Alexis Yraola   Art Direction
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineering

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