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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Follow Up Album by Prince Royce, April 14, 2012
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This review is from: Phase II (Audio CD)
Phase II is simply a terrific second album by Bronx Dominicano Prince Royce. The first taste from Phase II was the lead single "Las Cosas Pequeñas", which is classic Royce. Great bachata music with simple but meaningful lyrics, the song is a tribute to Royce's appreciation of the little things about a woman. It stays real to his roots of songs like "Corazón Sin Cara" from his first album, appreciating a woman for more than what's on the outside (or in this case, materialism). It's hands-down the best song on this new album.

That's not to say that the other canciones don't hit as hard as the singles from his first album. One of the best surprises of Phase II is "Incondicional", which begins with a serious Mexican Mariachi vibe before it's infused with traditional bachata sounds. There's even a grito thrown in, to appeal to Mexican fans of the dimpled singer. Royce also channels Maroon 5 "She Will be Loved" on the hook of "Eres Tu", another beautiful inclusion to Phase II.

One of the best songs of the new album is "Addicted", in which Royce sings in English over a Juan Luis Guerra styled acoustic guitar melody. What's great about this track is that by keeping the music simple, Royce allows his voice to really shine. The lyrics are simple, but it's a moving performance by Royce.

On the flip side of that, Spanglish Pop songs like "It's My Time" sound good, but don't give Royce the chance to really flex his vocal talents. Because Royce has an amazing voice, the audio effects simply aren't needed. Other non-traditional songs like the English "Close to You" point to the possibility of Royce one day doing a purely-English crossover album.

Another standout song on Phase II is "Dulce", which gives a nod towards strong, single mothers. Royce offers the message for them to keep their heads up, and the song is available in both a bachata version, and a purely piano remix without a Latin rhythm.

Pa' los hombres: take notes. You can see why las mujeres les gustan a Royce, this man says all the right things that we should be saying. Phase II is filled with meaningful lyrics, great beats, and plenty of singing that made Royce an instant hit in Latin music a few years back. If you're a real Bachata fan, you need to add this album to your shopping cart today.
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