TNT Boys

Sex Symbols/Mission Accomplished

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Moving from the boogaloo-playing TnT Band to the Latin-inflected go-go of the TnT Boys, Sex Symbols/Mission Accomplished offers a slightly different perspective, a slightly different flavor. The characteristics that made the TnT Band a difficult listen are still present. The pell-mell arrangements and inaccuracy of the lead vocalists, both in pitch and timing, leave the listener with the impression that they've just come out of a rehearsal studio. Much of the writing has merit, and even the musical ideas hinted at in the arranging process are clever and interesting. It seems that execution continues to be problematic for this barely post-teen duo. Some of the vocal backup lines on the American pop material are so poorly written as to sound disconsonant, or broken calliope-esque. The tunes that come together most effectively are the salsa selections. "Caliente" grooves effortlessly, and Tony Rojas, the Spanish-language vocal lead, has a much more cohesive, confident style. The inclusion of more Latino material than previous releases such as The Meditation definitely puts the TnT Boys' best foot forward.

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