In 1999, Stephen Vitiello was given a residency on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center. Gazing at the lights of New York City, he decided he wanted to translate sights into sound. To do so, he used a photocell to record the luminosity of various points around him and through the windows, while a computer assigned sound parameters to the collected data. This process could have generated arid music if applied to the letter, but Vitiello treated the "Light Readings" as sound sources, and sculpted them into beautiful sound art pieces.
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.