Dance-pop and teen pop audiences can be incredibly fickle, and no one knows that better than Gerardo. In 1991, the Ecuadorian pop-rapper's debut album, Mo' Ritmo, was a major hit in the dance-pop and teen markets. Hip-hop's hardcore gave Gerardo little or no respect, but the teenagers and young adults who listened to Exposé, Debbie Gibson, the Cover Girls, and Kylie Minogue loved him -- for about a year, that is. When Gerardo followed up Mo' Ritmo with 1992's Dos, he got a rude awakening. Commercially, this sophomore effort was a disappointment; many of the teens who bought Mo' Ritmo ignored Dos, which is quite similar to its predecessor. The albums take the same approach -- slick, commercial pop-rap with Latin touches and lyrics in both English and Spanish -- but Dos didn't have a smash single like "Rico Suave." For the most part, this CD is forgettable, but there are some decent tracks here and there -- most notably, "It's a Latin Thing" and "Hollywood." But even if Dos had been more consistent and memorable, it probably would have been a poor seller. In 1992, there was a backlash against Gerardo in the dance-pop and teen pop markets -- again, those audiences can be extremely fickle, and the word "loyalty" is not in their vocabulary. Loyalty is what you receive if you're José José or Celia Cruz; it doesn't come with the territory when you're catering to fickle teens who are looking for the flavor of the month. But all was not lost for the pop-rapper; 2001's Gerardo: Fame, Sex Y Dinero (originally called Fame, Sex y Dinero) was surprisingly good and is edgier than any of his early-'90s output. Arguably, that CD is Gerardo's best release. Hardly essential, Dos is only recommended to those who are into collecting as much pop-rap as possible.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson