Prince Royce Phase
II Album Review
Review date: April 14,
2012 at 2:45 PM EST
Release date: April 10,
2012 by Atlantic Music
Review by Compay for
Phase II is the sophomore effort by Bronx Dominicano Prince
Royce. His self-titled first album was stuffed with hit
singles, and racked up so many awards that it seemed difficult
for Royce to deliver a second album of equal quality.
The good news for anxious fans is that Phase II is indeed a
The first taste that bachata fans got of Phase II was its lead
single "Las Cosas Pequeñas," which is trademark Royce.
Great Bachata instrumentation with simple but meaningful lyrics, the song is a
tribute to Royce's appreciation of the valuable little things about a
The song stays true to the roots of his past songs like "Corazón Sin
Cara" from his first album; appreciating a woman for more than
what's on the outside. It's
easily the best song of Phase II, and a great introduction to
Royce for new fans.
That's not to say that the other canciones on this
album don't come as strong as the hit singles from his first
effort. One of the most interesting surprises of Phase II is "Incondicional," which
kicks off with a real Mariachi vibe before it picks up a few
traditional Bachata sounds. Even a grito gets
tossed in, a small salute to Royce's fans in Mexico.
One of the better songs of Phase II is "Addicted," in which
Royce sings in English over a Juan Luis Guerra style acoustic
guitar melody. What makes this a terrific inclusion is
that by keeping the music toned down, Royce is allowed to let
his voice to shine. While the lyrics themselves are
fairly simple, it's nonetheless a moving performance by the
On the other hand, Spanglish Pop songs like "It's My
Time" are fun, yet they don't offer Royce the opportunity
to really flex his vocal talents. Because he has a great
voice, Royce simply doesn't require the audio effects that
were used for this track. Other songs outside of the
realm of traditional Bachata such as the English language "Close to You"
seem to suggest the possibility that Royce will one day drop
an English-only crossover album.
Women are certainly going
to enjoy "Dulce," the standout song on Phase II. Prince
Royce gives a nod towards strong, single mothers with the
song, telling them to keep their heads above water during the
struggle. The track is available on Phase II as both a
traditional Bachata song, but also a piano version without any
Latin music styling.
Pa' los hombres: take notes. It's easy to see why las mujeres les
gustan a Royce; he says all the right things that we
should be saying to our ladies. Phase II is brimming
with meaningful lyrics,
solid production, and the amazing singing that made Royce a
household name in Tropical music. If you're a Bachata
fan, this is an album you need to add to your collection.
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