Formula, Vol. 2
Formula, Vol. 2

Romeo Santos

Formula, Vol. 2

February 25, 2014

Bachata

Santos' songwriting (he wrote or co-wrote everything here), the production, and the inspired performances offer a portrait of modern pop bachata at its very best. Santos proved himself an up-and-comer on Vol. 1, but on Vol. 2 he not only delivers on the promise, but emerges as a fully formed innovator. His collaborations underscore his reputation as a pop star, but that's just a natural byproduct of his talent and artistry.

- Thom Jurek

It's My Thing
It's My Thing

Marva Whitney

It's My Thing

1969

Deep Funk

Like any disc produced by James Brown and featuring the mighty JB's as a backing group, It's My Thing is a stone-cold funky record. Marva Whitney sang in the James Brown Revue from 1967 to 1969, and in 1969 she released this record. A tough, aggressive female singer. Marva sounds like she could take any comers and leave them shaking in their go-go boots.

- Tim Sendra