Latin pop boy band Aventura has achieved no small amount of success with their unique blend of traditional Dominican bachata and sleek, Top 40-oriented R&B. THE LAST, Aventura's fifth studio release, further explores the band's swoon-worthy style, and is one of their most accomplished and impressive efforts.
As usual, the quartet plays to their strengths, which include lilting tropical ballads, with the occasional foray into hip-hop-flavored slow jams, such as "Spanish Fly," featuring cameos from Ludacris and Wyclef Jean. Additional cameos from Akon, Wisin y Yandel, and jazz legend Arturo Sandoval heighten the star appeal of THE LAST, but it's Aventura's smooth, sultry bachata-pop that steals the show.
Arrangers: Eric 'Bori' Rivera; Romeo; Lenny Santos.
Personnel: Noa Neve, Giselle Moya (vocals); Eric 'Bori' Rivera (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Wilmore "Bimbo" Franco, Lenny Santos (guitar); Gerry Grimaud Jr (acoustic guitar, background vocals); William Jose Brito (saxophone); Joaquin Diaz (piano, synthesizer); Romeo (keyboards, sound effects, background vocals); Joshua Mateo (keyboards, sound effects); Max Santos (bass instrument); Guillermo Frias (congas); Leonardo Reyes, Raul Biel (bongos); Albert Batista, Enrique Guira, Radhames Reyes (guiro); Frank Junior Inoa (tambora); Henry Jeter (background vocals).