Rogelio Martínez, the poster boy for new young artists in regional Mexican music, continues working the banda groove here, backed by the powerful 13-piece Banda Oro Sinaloense.

Rogelio Martínez, the poster boy for new young artists in regional Mexican music, continues working the banda groove here, backed by the powerful 13-piece Banda Oro Sinaloense. Martínez makes a decent attempt at tenderness in the opening ballad, "Si Te Te Vas," but his vocal limitations come into sharp focus. He's much better on the uptempo, danceable tunes like the rollicking cumbia "Cuentame" and the traditional banda tune "Divino Tormento." Martínez takes an interesting turn on his banda bilingual version ("Yo No Fui") of Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me." And it works, thanks to a spicy guest turn by Panamanian rapper El General. While Martínez may have what it takes in the smoldering good looks department, he needs to strengthen his vocal skills to improve his overall game.—RB

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