Karol G

Ocean

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After delivering her high-charting debut album Unstoppable in 2017 and her smash "Ahora Me Llama" breakout single with Bad Bunny, Colombia's Karol G gave both fans and industry bosses expectations for her to deliver on. Rather than follow a formula, however, she changes the game profoundly on her follow-up, Ocean. Certainly, there are smoking urbano jams here, as evidenced by the singles "Punto G," the smash "Mi Cama" (as well as its included remix with Nicky Jam and J Balvin), and the trap power ballad "La Ocasión Perfecta." Other highlights include a duet with boyfriend Anuel AA on the steamy "Culpables," the throwback hip-hop of "Aprendí," the slippery, folkish trap of "La Vida Continuó," featuring Simon & Simaria, and the midtempo groove of "Crème" with Maluma. But there's more, too, adding to the wealth of diversity to this attempt at Latin pop domination. The title track is a sumptuous, intimately wrought piano ballad, "Love with a Quality" is a reggae-cum-trap finger-popper with Damian Marley, and the tender, acoustic guitar-based love song "Dices Que Te Vas" features Anuel (who knew he could sing?). There is something for almost any Latin pop fan on Ocean -- all of it is crafted beautifully and honestly delivered. Given its number two chart entry at Top Latin Albums, it appears that Karol G has given the slip to the sophomore slump.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 02:36
2 03:01
3 03:44
4 04:00
5 02:51
6
feat: Anuel AA
03:22
7 02:58
8 02:47
9 03:05
10
feat: Anuel AA
03:46
11 02:30
12
feat: Yandel
03:43
13
feat: Maluma
03:32
14 02:30
15
feat: J Balvin
03:15
16 03:06
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