Eighteen-year-old Michelangelo's Universal debut—following two previous, little-noted efforts—is auspicious.
Eighteen-year-old Michelangelo's Universal debut—following two previous, little-noted efforts—is auspicious. Like label-mate Luis Fonsi, Michelangelo has a potent, velvety voice, sings in English and Spanish, and blends touches of R&B and dance into traditional Latin pop material. While the disc's first single, the Ricardo Arjona and Elizabeth Meza-penned "Si No Estás Aquí," is a sweeping ballad, the artist sounds equally at ease with funkier material like "Espiritual" and even tropical tracks like "Fuego en la Piel" (penned by salsero Danny Rojo). Indeed, Michelangelo has lined up an array of impressive songwriters that has provided multiple-hit material. Still, it doesn't always do the trick, and quite often, the album sounds too grown-up and too standard in both content and arrangement for someone this young and versatile. But there is no denying the talent and the possibilities.—LC