The queen of lending a hook to Northwest artists, Miss Latin Rose, finally has something to call her own. Released just a week ago, her debut album entitled “Love Stories” is availble to listen and download for $5 at http://latinrose.bandcamp.com/. Its premise is to show the listener a braod spectrum of what she can do. “Love Stories” covers all types of love ranging from intimate, romantic, forbidden, and even family on a broad spectrum of music styles encompasing pop, rock, r&b, latin, techno, and guest rap verses both in english and spanish. This ecclectic record features Lil Vick, Ripynt, Jay Barz, George Zelaya, and her manager as well as older brother, Neema.
Things start out quick with no intro and a techno vibe on “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with a feature by Neema. It’s a good recording to start with a look at how we might be hesitant to get involved in a relationship should we get hurt later, much like a potential listener may be apprehensive to listen to the record without this welcoming opening song. The techno continues but the heat is turned up south of the border style on “If You Get With Me.” With a feature of a mixed english and spanish verse from Lil Vick the love is growing. On the next record, Rose looks into the world of having love on the side on a laid back and intoxicating r&b beat featuring Ripynt. Apparently, someone found out on the next song “General Love Song,” a hard rock type of vibe that puts the energy on the souring of a relationship and the annoying fighting it brings with Jay Barz. Rose brings the Latin back in the album on the next one with Neema on “Control” with a harkening of repeating their chemistry from “4 A.M. Phone Calls” about loosing control because of falling in love. She falls in love with a second man on “Love You Both” describing her conflict and regret between the two on an r&b inspired joint. The next song returns the Latin back called “Salvadoreñas,” which translates in English to savior, with George Zelaya. The style befites more of a latin rock type of vibe sharing the feeling of a lover as having saved one’s life. “You and I” follows on a typical let’s talk about sex but not really say it type of wording with a sensual r&b beat to match it. The love turns to a family love on the last two records with a pop ballad dedicating tomissing her deceased father in a pop ballad on “Daddy’s Girl” and a slow techno power ode to the soldier in her life, her mom, “Maria.”
Latin Rose definitly showcased her ability to cover any type of music while each track was enjoyable. The collaborations all held their own strenghts in catering to their respective songs while the mix of some Spanish speaking emcees was quite refreshing. However, the album befitted a mixtape with the lack of an identity. The first album always sets the tone for one’s career and the message is that she can do it all, but the listener is left with the question of who exactly is Latin Rose. Perhaps, the answer is that she’s still discovering herself as an artist and may have not been ready for an album. With packaged opinions aside, Latin Rose has proclaimed herself as a force to be reckoned with as an artist and has a bright future ahead of her. Where she shall go, we don’t know, but we’ll learn right with her!
Don’t just rely on me though. Go ahead and comment with your opinions below after you listen and buy the album at http://latinrose.bandcamp.com/ for $5.
D-Money, Juice Radio’s music director, reviews an album once a week. If you’d like to have your album and or mixtape reviewed honestly, well thought out, and including wide exposure potential for $50 then please email D with it at email@example.com.