The Bottom Line
Toby Love's Reloaded album is a remix of 10 of the 11 tracks on his debut Toby Love album, with the addition of a DVD that let's you see Love in action. The bachata/hip hop/r&b sound is something to look forward to if you have not experienced the first album; Love's voice is made for this type of music and his large cast of guest artists do more than add their names to the album. A great sound, just a little bit too much "more of the same".
- Great voice, nice mixes of bachata/hip hop/r&b
- Guest artists add a little something to the tracks
- Most of these tracks are on the original Toby Love album
- A little too pop, polished for something called cruckchata
- 11 tracks of Dominican rhythms fused with hip hop
- Special Edition: CD/DVD release
- Available in both edited (clean) and PA versions
- Guest artists include Voltio, Alexis/Fido, Pitbull, Hector El Father and more
- Released Nov. 2007 by Sony BMG Latin
Guide Review - CD Review: Toby Love - Reloaded
Toby Love met the members of popular bachata boy band Aventura in high school; he went on to sing back-up and play percussion with Aventura until he went solo in 2006 with his debut album, Toby Love.
He acquired his taste for Dominican music (Love is of Puerto Rican descent) and his Spanish language skills at South Bronx High, with its largely Dominican population. But he also is drawn to R&B and crunk; in fact, he has named his new style of music "crunkchata".
If you already own Toby Love, there are not a lot of suprises on the 'reloaded' album. 10 out of the 11 tracks are remixes of tunes that appear on the debut album, the new song is a very fast merengue, "La Mujer Perfecta" with guest artist Hector El Father. The tracks are remixes of the originals, but they're not really all that different from the originals.
For those of you who haven't heard Toby Love, the music is primarily a blend of bachata with a dollop of hip hop and r&b. The result is smooth and musical, although it is polished down to a pop sensibility that, while very pleasant, tends to highlight the pop aspects and downplay crunkchata.
The special edition also comes with a DVD that has an EPK "From Da Barrio To The Billboards", 3 music videos and a performance from mun2 Vivo.