Release Date: Jul 24, 2015
Record label: RCA
Genre(s): Pop, Latin, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Club/Dance, International, Latin Pop, Bachata
The debut English album from Prince Royce opens with a razor-sharp electro beat, a pimpin' Snoop Dogg appearance, and the first Anglo couplet to ever come out of the bachata superstar's mouth: "I like you talking dirty/I like your filthy love. " Those lines come from the sexed-up highlight "Stuck on a Feeling," while the album's follow-up single, "Back It Up" with Jennifer Lopez, is a steamy ode to butts that belongs next to "Baby Got Back" in the Sexy Club Tracks Hall of Fame. Double Vision is decidedly in the post-R.
On his English-language debut, Latin superstar Prince Royce aims to prove himself the crossover heir to Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias. The Bronx-born singer, 26, pulls out all the stops, enlisting an army of producers and guests like Snoop Dogg, Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez. But Double Vision lacks focus, failing to establish a clear identity for Royce: He morphs from a version of Jason Derulo (the title track) to Drake ("Dangerous") to Bruno Mars ("Extraordinary").
The Bronx-born singer Prince Royce has delighted Spanish-speaking audiences and sold boatloads of records with his new-millennium update of Dominican bachata. With “Double Vision,” Royce — real name Geoffrey Rojas — makes his first foray into the English-language market, an effort targeted to blow up big; guest stars include Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, and Jennifer Lopez (who appears on the bouncy posterior salute “Back It Up”), and the songwriters assisting Royce also have impressive pedigrees (John Legend’s “All of Me,” Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty”). None of it would work without Royce’s supple voice and sweet charisma, which help to make offerings like the glitchy “Handcuffs,” which in less skilled hands could sound like a slippery commitment-phobe’s insincere come-on, recall a soul pried open.