Kat DeLuna

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Given that Kat DeLuna has topped the Billboard U.S. club chart twice -- first with 2007's "Whine Up," then with 2011's "Dancing Tonight" -- it's odd that it took nine years for her to get a second album released stateside. Stranger still is that Loading is a stylistic patchwork that comes across as diverse to the point of desperation, like neither DeLuna nor anyone in her camp knows which direction she should take. The hits provide the only indication necessary. Loading is all pop, but it's served up in a haphazard and unsure variety that includes Jamaican, Latin, Southern U.S., and European flavorings. There's even a sleek contemporary R&B ballad, yet that's not a track that involves either one of the R&B stars who appears on the album. Jeremih instead assists on a bounding DJ Mustard knockoff and interpolates the squarest of square '70s hits, the Four Seasons' "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)." Trey Songz appears on "Bum Bum," a boilerplate reggae-pop fusion that does its best to ruin the Sister Nancy classic "Bam Bam" for everyone but those who might see a check from it. Three of these ten songs were released as singles during 2011 and 2012. One of them, the Spanish-language "Sobredosis," featuring El Cata, is the album's most energized and powerful cut. Appropriately enough, it's the finale, tacked on like an afterthought.

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