Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Aventura & Bad Bunny – Volví

A comeback that delivers…


Thomas Inskeep: This pairing of Bad Bunny with bachata legends Aventura could be a train wreck on paper, but it works so smoothly in practice. Romeo Santos and his silky voice, meanwhile, remind us that he should be as big a star as The Weeknd. If this doesn’t make you swoon, I may wonder what’s wrong with you.

Nortey Dowuona: The gorgeous synths that well up behind Romeo Santos, who handles this song alone, are buoyant but are immediately smushed by the rigid programmed drums, while Bad Bunny hops between the gaps with a firm hand the silky guitar lightly draped over the drums, and it becomes his own with such a careful tilling it’s annoying when Romeo does actually return to wilt and whisper over this beat, nothing but a ghostly presence until Bad Bunny returns, his pained yelp coming from being dragged underneath the drums, before Romeo shoves him under to continue forcing his frail tenor in the listeners face. Then finally, Bad Bunny frees himself and the song with a sample of a previous Aventura cut, suddenly the frail curtain against the slicing drums — then silence.

Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: The grandiose iciness of Bad Bunny’s work integrates into Aventura’s bachata without overwhelming the style’s more organic grooves. It’s a finely tuned machine of a track, Romeo Santos’ reedy voice balancing out Bad Bunny’s baritone perfectly, their shared purpose of immense horniness creating just enough dissonance to offset the just-too-clean production.

Crystal Leww: A collab with Bad Bunny is a pretty good excuse to convince Romeo Santos to return home to Aventura. The result is fine, which is probably better than most attempts for massive, superstar team-ups. Bad Bunny continues to show everyone how he’s become the force in urbano music — even when he’s not necessarily at the top of his game, he does his thing with a sense of urgency and energy that convinces you to bop around it anyway. 

Oliver Maier: Equal parts sugar and spice; Romeo Santos’ croon and Bad Bunny’s wail make for a good combination, just enough in common and just enough that’s distinctive. It all fits together in that deeply satisfying, in-your-bones way that only good reggaeton does. The manic outro is a nice touch.

Juana Giaimo: Instrumental-wise, “Volví” has the best of both worlds: it’s fun and upbeat like reggaeton but also sensual like bachata. It’s not the first time we hear how Romeo Santos’ delicate singing can fit the straightforwardness of a reggaeton beat, but it’s neither the first time we see how Bad Bunny’s heavy tone contaminates the whole song — I feel his voice is slowly becoming a burden. The song structure doesn’t help: his part lasts literally one whole minute during which most of the ornamentation of the bachata doesn’t appear. When Romeo Santos is back, it feels that his song isn’t his anymore. 

Alfred Soto: Romeo Santos can slow it down, speed it up — he has an instinct for knowing what a song requires and when. Bad Bunny proves a solid duet partner. The insistent guitar pluck sweetens the latter’s partied-out burr and harmonizes with the former. A single so calculated to hit in every market as to take my breath away.

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One Response to “Aventura & Bad Bunny – Volví”

  1. i underrated this… maybe my #1 fav for the year?

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