The Bottom Line
"Whine Up" is likely to be heard booming from car speakers through much of the summer 2007, but 19-year-old Kat DeLuna will need something more memorable over the long term to sustain pop stardom. Simplistic house beats and vocals lacking in distinction make a pleasant but forgettable soundtrack for summer fun.
- Hot summer dance beat
- Breezy fun
- Wears thin after hearing it multiple times
- Island intro from Elephant Man
- Standard, recycled house beats
- Basic dance diva vocals with a hint of Latin influence
Guide Review - Kat DeLuna featuring Elephant Man - Whine Up
It's a shame that we don't have an exhilarating summer dance floor smash like Rihanna's "Pon De Replay" or Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" yet in the summer of 2007. If we did, we wouldn't be settling for something like "Whine Up." The vocals from teen Kat DeLuna are pleasant, and the recycled house beats can get us dancing, but once the song runs its chart course, I doubt any of us will be frequently tracking it down to listen again.
Kat DeLuna's first album hits stores this August. Let's hope for a bit more obvious influence from her Latin and New York backgrounds to give the music fire and color. On the "Oye's" in the chorus of "Whine Up," there is a hint of Shakira's vocal color, but DeLuna has a long, long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath as the Colombian star. Add "Whine Up" into the summer playlist for now, but keep your ears open for the possibility of a summer classic yet to come.