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Golden

Romeo 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.
© Mariano Prunes /TiVo

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1
Golden Intro
00:02:00

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Ne-Yo, Composer, Lyricist - Andrew Cedar, Producer - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

2
Tuyo
00:03:39

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Joaquin Diaz, Keyboards, Piano - Dante Rivera, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Daniel Luna, Other - Raul Bier, Bongos - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

3
Perjurio
00:03:34

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Joaquin Diaz, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Philip "Taj" L. Jackson, Composer - Adam Gomez, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Guillermo Frias, Bongos, Congas - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Christian "DJ Mad" Brito, Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

4
Premio
00:03:41

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Swizz Beatz, Associated Performer, Featured Artist, Producer - Romeo Santos feat. Swizz Beatz, Associated Performer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano - Adam Gomez, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Enrique Terrero, Other - Leonardo Reyes, Bongos - Alexander Caba - Liliana Sotelo - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

5
Carmín
00:03:29

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Juan Luis Guerra, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Romeo Santos feat. Juan Luis Guerra, Associated Performer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano, Synthesizer - Dante Rivera, Bass - Guido González - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Other - Enrique Terrero, Other - Leonardo Reyes, Bongos - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer - Christian "DJ Mad" Brito, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

6
Centavito
00:04:22

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano - Iván Chévere, Harp - Dante Rivera, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Leonardo Reyes, Bongos - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

7
Sobredosis
00:03:18

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Ozuna, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Romeo Santos feat. Ozuna, Associated Performer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano - Adam Gomez, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Enrique Terrero, Other - Leonardo Reyes Zapata, Bongos - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Christian "DJ Mad" Brito, Assistant Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

8
El Papel Part 1 (Versión Amante)
00:03:38

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano - Dante Rivera, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Paul Raini Castelluzzo, Guitar - Marti Cuevas, Flute - Enrique Terrero, Other - Leonardo Reyes, Bongos - Romina Faria - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

9
El Papel Part 2 (Versión Marido)
00:04:42

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano - Dante Rivera, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Other - Daniel Luna, Other - Leonardo Reyes, Bongos - Luis Figueroa Roig - Romina Faria - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

10
Bella y Sensual
00:03:25

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Nicky Jam, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Daddy Yankee, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Romeo Santos feat. Nicky Jam & Daddy Yankee, Associated Performer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Saga WhiteBlack, Producer - Tainy, Co-Producer - Nely, Co-Producer - Juan G. Rivera "Gaby Music", Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

11
Doble Filo
00:03:59

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano - Adam Gomez, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Enrique Terrero, Other - Leonardo Reyes, Bongos - Leonardo Rey Espinosa - Leonardo Reyes Zapata - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

12
Ay Bendito
00:03:34

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano, Synthesizer - Dante Rivera, Bass - Alvin Medina, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Other - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar - Enrique Terrero, Other - Raul Bier, Bongos - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

13
Héroe Favorito
00:04:00

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Joaquin Diaz, Synthesizer - Dante Rivera, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Guitar - Paul Raini Castelluzzo, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Daniel Luna, Other - Raul Bier, Bongos - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

14
El Amigo
00:03:34

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Julio Iglesias, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Romeo Santos feat. Julio Iglesias, Associated Performer - Joaquin Diaz, Keyboards, Organ, Strings - Dante Rivera, Bass - Martires De León, Guitar - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar - Paul Raini Castelluzzo, Electric Guitar - Daniel Luna, Other - Raul Bier, Bongos - Guillermo Frias, Congas - Karen Rodríguez - Luis Figueroa Roig - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - JC Ulloa, Recording Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

15
Reina de Papi
00:03:57

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano, Synthesizer - Adam Gomez, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Daniel Luna, Other - Raul Bier, Bongos - Christian "DJ Mad" Brito - Ayanna Caba - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

16
Imitadora
00:03:55

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Joaquin Diaz, Piano, Synthesizer - ALLEN RITTER, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer - Philip (Taj) L. Jackson, Composer - Adam "Pikachu" Gómez, Bass - Alexander "ChiChi" Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Daniel Luna, Other - Raul Bier, Bongos - Phillip Jackson - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Vinylz, Producer - Frank Dukes, Producer - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

17
Un Vuelo A La
00:03:24

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Jessie Reyez, Associated Performer, Composer, Featured Artist, Lyricist - Romeo Santos feat. Jessie Reyez, Associated Performer - Joaquin Diaz, Organ, Piano - Dante Rivera, Bass - Alexander Caba, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Iván Chévere - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

18
Sin Filtro
00:03:10

Romeo Santos, Associated Performer, Composer, Executive Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Carlos Dalmasi, Director - Philip (Taj) L. Jackson, Composer - Boi 1da, Producer - Illangelo, Producer - !llmind, Producer - ALLEN RITTER, Producer - Vinylz, Producer - Iván Chévere a/k/a Matetraxx, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tom Brick, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

Album Description

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.
© Mariano Prunes /TiVo

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