Vice Versa - Rauw Alejandro Album Review — O.T.D.E MUSIC

Vice Versa – Rauw Alejandro Album Review — O.T.D.E MUSIC

VICE VERSA follows Afrodísíaco as if it was recorded all at once then organized by feel in perfect order. While Afrodísíaco included enough emotional output to balance it out, it was mostly meant for that Friday night, after a long week that necessitates, a near-lethal dose of letting loose. Alejandro lets reggaeton be reggaeton and shows us what reggaeton can be if artists cease to try turning it into something else. Others attempt to change the genre. Rauw helps it grow. VICE VERSA gives us that same authenticity while mellowing the mood just enough to play during the hangover as Saturday night looms. “Todo De Ti” begins with a pop rhythm, easing us into the shift from Afrodísíaco’s opening track, “Dile A El.” “Sexo Virtual” follows perfectly, reminding us where he came from and what we can look forward to. But the real mood of this album truly shines through the subdued sunset vibe of “2/Catorce.” I couldn’t help but to be reminded of Baby Ranks’ similar energy on the Mas Flow 2 classic, “Verme.” Rauw gifts us this feel in 2021. In an age of mass anxiety, Rauw meets us where we are. “Aquel Nap ZzZz” is driven by his singing and bound together by a gorgeous Spanish guitar in the latter third of the song, eventually rising and connecting with “Cúrame”, getting you ready for your next party.

Cosa Guapa” needs a remix featuring Drake. This is the song that plays after dinner, walking down the strip awaiting the sunset, hangover fully cured, and the night’s first drinks being poured. Halfway through, Rauw is tired of thinking about the previous night and dials the energy up with the dance half of the song, leading right into “Desenfocao’” and “¿Cuando Fue?

La Old Skul” pays homage to the golden age of his predecessors, bringing me right back to my CD player in my pocket. “¿Y Eso?” is arguably my favorite song on this album, reminding me of the later era of reggaeton dominated by the likes of Arcangel and Jowell y Randy. “Tengo un Pal” visits the pop-trap musings of modern Spanish music, showcasing a versatility that only gets more breath with “Brazilera”, a track that is as enjoyable as it is unexpected. With the sound, nuance, organization, and timing of his first two albums, it is clear Rauw has some serious staying power.

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