by Romeo SantosRomeo Santos


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Success has been phenomenal for Romeo Santos, but it does not seem to have rushed his career. Released in mid-2017, his third solo album, Golden, comes three years after Fórmula, Vol. 2 (2014), the same interval between the latter and Fórmula, Vol. 1 (2011). In the meantime, Santos has kept busy collecting accolades and awards by the truckload, as well as selling out Yankee Stadium and playing a small role in Furious 7. Latin music, however, has kept equally busy, and it is to Santos' credit that he does not succumb to the temptation to jump on the reggaeton bandwagon (with one concession) or go all-out for the sounds of mainstream U.S. hip-hop and pop. Instead, Santos sticks to his new bachata sound, but with diminishing returns this time. For someone who has made his name by mixing bachata with other genres, there is a noticeable sameness to much of this material. The vast majority of the tracks were written by Santos and co-produced with sound engineer Mate Traxx (Iván Chévere), and feature a bachata beat treated with synthesizer and hyperkinetic percussion and guitars, sometimes with a whiff of something else just for flavor, but rarely enough to make a significant difference. Santos relies once again on special guests to bring different voices into the mix. Contrary to his previous records, there is no place for U.S. superstars on Golden, as the main names are Juan Luis Guerra, Julio Iglesias, Daddy Yankee, and Nicky Jam. They contribute much needed variety, but again with mixed results: if Guerra's more lyrical side graces "Carmín," Iglesias' surprising cameo in the raunchy double-entendre of "El Amigo" is at least puzzling, while Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam's obligatory reggaeton "Bella y Sensual" is little more than a rewrite of "Debate de 4" from Fórmula, Vol. 1. Lyrics continue to be a sore point, as all are obsessively about Romeo Santos Casanova Superstar, repeatedly proclaimed as the greatest artist who ever lived and apparently incapable of conceiving women in anything but sexual terms. In short, Santos keeps milling his boyish voice and Latin lover persona in Golden, but the overall impression is of an artist content with basking in the unconditional support of his fan base rather than pushing himself to new challenges. As an album, Golden soon wears its formula thin. On the other hand, as a collection of possible singles, Golden features several highlights such as "Héroe Favorito" and "Imitadora" that should comfortably extend Santos' winning streak on the charts.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2017
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0889854585228
catalogNumber: 545852
Rank: 45676

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Romeo Santos   Primary Artist
Dante Rivera   Bass
Marti Cuevas   Flute
Guillermo Frias   Bongos,Conga
Ivan Chevere   Harp,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Guido Gonzalez   Flugelhorn
Mártires de León   Guitar
Joaquin Diaz   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Keyboard Accordian
Phillip Jackson   Background Vocals
Daniel Luna   Guira
Raul Bier   Bongos
Leonardo Reyes   Bongos,Background Vocals
Adam "Pikachu" Gómez   Bass
Enrique Terrero   Guira
Adan Gomez   Bass
Alexander "Chi Chi" Caba   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar
Carlos Dalmasí   Musical Direction
Allen Ritter   Synthesizer,Piano
Alvin Medina   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Guiro,cuatro
Leonardo Rey Espinosa   Background Vocals
Luis Figueroa Roig   Background Vocals
Romina Faria   Vocals
Paul Raini Castelluzzo   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Liliana Sotelo   Vocals
Karen Rodriquez   Background Vocals
Christian Brito   Spoken Word
Ayanna Caba   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Juan Luis Guerra   Arranger
Ramón Rodríguez   Composer
Tom Brick   Audio Master
Ivan Chevere   Producer,Engineer
Mártires de León   Arranger
Joaquin Diaz   Arranger
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Phillip "Taj" Jackson   Composer
Ne-Yo   Composer
Mario Hugo   Art Direction
Frank Dukes   Producer
Boi-1DA   Composer,Producer
Romeo Santos   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Matthew Samuels   Composer,Producer
!llmind   Producer
Alexander "Chi Chi" Caba   Arranger,Guitar Arrangements
Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese   Composer,Producer
Carlos Dalmasí   Musical Director
Ramon Ibanga   Composer
Adam Feeney   Composer
Anderson Hernandez   Composer,Producer
Allen Ritter   Composer,Producer
Vinylz   Composer,Producer
Alan Ritter   Producer
Alvin Medina   Arranger
Juan G. Rivera   Engineer
Andrew Cedar   Producer
Nick Rivera Caminero   Composer
Saga WhiteBlack   Producer
Jessie Reyez   Composer
Marie Regan   Art Direction
Christian Brito   Engineer

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