Love Is Back
Label: Sony Music Latin
He's trying to sell himself with the "crunkchata" label, but Toby Love is no baller -- in truth he comes at us with a teddy bear in one hand and a heart-shaped locket in the other. (His last name is Love, people.) For every wicked urban beat, there are five bachata ballads quivering under his mellifluous singing. And that's just as it should be: no 13-year-old should want to resist the promise of romance he dangles before her. The anxious courting gets a little played out by the 14th track, give or take; nonetheless this young man's giving Aventura quite a run for their squalling fan base.