Friday, March 9th, 2018

Sofia Reyes ft. Jason Derulo & De La Ghetto – 1, 2, 3

This actually scores higher than “Despacito” did, so who knows what its future might hold?


Alfred Soto: Let’s see if “Despacito” will help more crossover dreams, not to mention Jason Derulo’s comeback dreams. His oily tenor and Reyes’s plainspoken brashness make for a decent duet, even if Miami Sound Machine already wrote a better “1, 2, 3.”

Crystal Leww: “Despacito” really opened the floodgates to hear reggaeton syncopation all over the pop landscape, as well as collaborations like Sofia Reyes, De La Ghetto, and Jason Derulo. “1, 2, 3” unfortunately just doesn’t leave enough of an impression even after a couple of listens, but there’s a formula here that should be exploited and potentially done again and again. This could be fun for another summer.

Juana Giaimo: It’s not the first time Sofia Reyes has tried to do a club anthem, and she fails once again. This time, the problem is that she wants to do too many things while lacking any sense of unity. “1, 2, 3” starts as an acoustic reggaeton track and soon her voice starts playing too much: first is that unnecessary loud “HOLA,” then she aims to break into a big chorus as she sings in a higher register “If you wanna turn the light on” — but where is the strong instrumentation the chorus is screaming for? It never arrives, but instead there is an EDM drop more suitable for a Diplo song. As if this wasn’t enough, Jason Derulo appears to bring a certain smoothness (but he should have realized this was a lost cause) while De La Ghetto’s aggressive rap verses are unbearable. This is not how you make a reggaeton hit single. 

Claire Biddles: Cookie-cutter reggaeton is still fun reggaeton.

Iain Mew: A record that’s clear enough in looking to work across as many niches as it can that the title reads as being chosen because it isn’t obviously English or Spanish. The calculated cross-section doesn’t leave much room to excel at anything, but it means that anything dislikeable will at least be gone quickly enough.

Katherine St Asaph: I am almost certainly the only person who hears Cathy Davey in the opening, but the song’s been Frankensteined from so much that I’d believe anyone hearing anything in it. Fortunately, the arrangement’s component parts are more than OK. Highlights: a more robust-than-normal drop, De La Ghetto’s verse, and a lot that is exceedingly, fantastically dorky: Reyes’s “if you wanna turn it on, go get a light bulb” chorus, made literal in the video, or Jason Derulo making up for his sorta fumbled Spanish with “mi nombre is… [Jason Derulo voice] JA-SON DERULOOOO!

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