AJ Dávila is best known for his work with San Juan, Puerto Rico's party
friendly garage rockers Dávila 666. Since
their 2011 release, Dávila has been working
on his solo album, Terror Amor, which
was released February 11, 2014. This solo effort stays close to the sound of Dávila 666 and is supported by five other band members. The group is
made up of AJ Dávila (vocals, guitar,
bass, synthesizer, MCP 2000XL), Selma Oxor (vocals, guitar), Lola Pistola
(vocals, tambourine), Johnny Otis Dávila (lead
guitar, back-up vocals), Daniel Enrique (guitar, back-up vocals), and Nelvin
Lara (drums, back-up vocals). The tone of the album is set when "Animal" opens
with quite lyrics in the verse over thick electric guitar and heavy drums,
followed by deep, distorted vocals taunting, "I'm an animal," during the
chorus. AJ Dávila's vocals are
joined by Selma Oxor's in "Dura Como Piedra," the first single of the album.
Jasmine Garsd from NPR notes that many cross over Latino artists are
easy-to-listen-to pop artists, and she rejoices in the edge that can be found
on Terror Amor. Occasionally, the
sound of the album does deviate from Dávila's usual
sound, like on "2333", where glam rock influences break in.
- Richard Martin
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