At this point, the announcement of another new boy band is all that's needed to get critics' eyes rolling.
At this point, the announcement of another new boy band is all that's needed to get critics' eyes rolling. All the more power to new group Fuerza Juvenil, whose debut on indie label Más Music makes you sit up and take note. Beyond the strong vocals—which members trade off—the four Bronx natives profit from stylistic variety in the appropriately chosen repertoire, which includes timba ("Pura Matemática"), cha-cha-cha ("Chacha Nena"), and the requisite bilingual ode (a clever cover of "Baby I Love Your Way"). Rather than infuse salsa with R&B grooves, Fuerza Juvenil takes the other route, salsa-fying its natural harmonies. The end result has an unexpected lilt, devoid of any pretensions, despite the newness of the sound.—LC