by Maluma


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With 2015's Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy, Colombian reggatoñero Maluma began to shift his golden boy image to wade into the stream of the genre's embrace of slick urban grooves, securing a Latin Grammy nomination for the track "El Tiki" under the Best Urban Performance banner. With F.A.M.E., Maluma blurs the reggaeton line with a calculated collection of electronic, contemporary R&B, hip-hop, and Latin and Anglo pop. It's an outing that underlines his considerable vocal skills more than his public image; it's a welcome development, though based on several tunes here -- notably back-to-back radio-ready jams like the skittering "Corazón" (with Nego do Borel) and the midtempo dance ballad "El Prestamo" -- it's obvious he's been deeply influenced by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's monster hit "Despacito." (On the other hand, Maluma has always had a soft spot for acoustic steel-string instruments so the balanced reliance on them, as well as the inclusion of electronics, isn't new, it's just focused in a different direction.) Uncharacteristically, Maluma employs the Anglo tongue on three fine reggaeton jams -- "Hangover" (feat. Prince Royce), "I Like It," and "Unfollow" -- but given their musical makeup and production, that move is not so much a concession to Anglo culture as an erasure of already artificial linguistic pop borderlines. Check the way Maluma's musica urbano grooves meet vintage reggaeton in the killer "Condena," with his smooth, sweet, loverman delivery riding just above the beat. On the jagged dembow "La Ex," a bilingual duet with Jason Derulo, reggaeton and dembow meet soul, while "Mi Declaracion," with Timbaland and Sid, is a Latin soul journey through bolero and layered, bumping reggaeton. "Marineo" is a gorgeous ballada romántica complete with sappy lyrics, but Maluma's steamy delivery gets them across. There are two versions of "Felices Los 4" to close the set. Up first is the blurry, blissed-out weave of contemporary R&B and sultry reggaeton kissed by guitars and basses; the latter is a grooving salsa version with Marc Anthony assisting. Ultimately, F.A.M.E. is the sound of Maluma branching out. While there are enough of his earlier sounds to keep the faithful listening, his songwriting restlessly explores new musical terrain. This set is an infectious, lavishly produced, richly textured outing from one of modern reggaeton's most provocative and compelling talents.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2018
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0190758115528
catalogNumber: 581155
Rank: 3394

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maluma   Primary Artist
Dan Warner   Guitar
Angel Lopez   Guitar
Edgar Barrera   Guitar
Eddy Lopez   Trumpet
Andrés Uribe   Guitar

Technical Credits

Marco Antonio Muñiz   Composer
Carlos Da Costa   Producer
Sergio George   Producer
Dan Warner   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Servando Primera   Composer
Matt Anthony   Engineer
José Velázquez   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Larrance Dopson   Composer
Angel Lopez   Producer
Umberto Tavares   Producer
Mario Cáceres   Composer
Josh "The Secret Code"   Engineer
Jonathan Rivera   Composer
Geoffrey "Royce" Rojas   Composer
Edgar Barrera   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Luis Barrera   Engineer
Eliezer Palacios   Composer
Kevin Adg   Producer,Engineer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer
Juan Luis Londoño   Composer
Sidnie Tipton   Composer
Chan El Genío   Producer,Engineer
Bryan Snaider Lezcano Chaverra   Composer
Kevin Mauricio Jimenez Londoño   Composer
Stiven Rojas   Composer
Umberto Da Silva Tavares   Composer
Rance   Producer
Andrés Uribe   Composer
Jeferson Almeida Dos Santos Junior   Composer
Aurelio Ribeiro Martins Da Silva   Composer
Cesar Pimienta "Tes"   Artwork
Ily Wander   Producer

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