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Lunay | Epico | Album Review

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Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars

Working his way up to stardom in the Latin/hip-hop genre, Puerto Rican singer Jefnier Osorio Moreno, known as Lunay, released his debut album Epico in late October. The 14-track LP runs a little over half an hour and showcases the singer’s strength as a vocalist. However, the beats become too repetitive in certain areas while the autotune of featured artists, tends to overshadow the melody created.

Epico consists of many standalone outings but does feature other prolific Latin artists such as Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, Anuel AA, and Ozuna. These songs tend be more diverse and energetic than Lunay’s individual performances.

The track “La Cama” featuring Myke Towers is an energetic bachata that opens with melodious yet subtle humming that transitions into steady beats and percussion. “Soltera–Remix,” featuring Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny, opens with the album title “Epico” being shouted to a slow beat that fluctuates into a rapid-fire beat that flows fluently with Yankee’s fast lyricism. One of Lunay’s solo performances, “360,” is a slower piece of work, working mostly with piano and mellow trap beats. It’s good but sounds like a generic work of art in the rap scene.

“Todavia” and “Malas Intenciones” are two songs on the LP that sound distinctly similar, consisting of the same steady and soothing melody. The melody in “Todavia” is washed out due to the use of autotune and overlapping layers of Lunay’s lyrics. The track “Quiero,” on the other hand, is opposite; the melody ends up overpowering Lunay and with the addition of a lot of autotune, the song sounds useless and overworked.

Overall, Epico is a decent stepping stone in the right direction. To have a debut album that features artists with the likes of Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny is a bonus in a genre that has started to grow worldwide. Lunay is a talent that is just getting started.

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