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It seems like Calle 13 has been tamed.
on November 25, 2010
Calle 13 has always been known as a group that provided shock value with their obscene, yet humorous and intellectual lyrics. This formula was what helped propel them to the top of the latin charts, and it's honestly what kept me listening all these years. It was the perfect blend of socially conscious lyrics, dark humor, and sexuality, all making for some pretty entertaining records. This record however, delivers very little shock value, with the exception of the track "Digo Lo Que Pienso," in which he mercilessly attacks the governor of Puerto Rico and calls him a drug addict, amongst other things. I believe the secret to a great album is variety, and this record doesn't contain enough. While I appreciate socially conscious lyrics as much as the next guy, that shouldn't be the focal point of nearly the entire album. While I do admit that most of the songs were nice, they lacked the lyrics and beats that initially captivated me. Standout tracks would be "Calma Pueblo," in which he dedicates the third verse to criticizing Tito El Bambino, the aforementioned "Digo Lo Que Pienso," "La Vuelta Al Mundo," which what it lacks in lyrics makes up for it with a great hook and a good beat, and the more light-hearted songs on the record, "Baile De Los Pobres" and "Vamos A Portarnos Mal," both of which contain a great beat. The other tracks are also nice, "Latinoamerica" is a great collaboration with an awesome hook and an even better message. The only truly skippable songs on this record are "La Bala" amd "Muerte en Hawai." "La Bala" has a good message, it personifies a bullet and talks about the problem of violence throughout the world, but I feel like the delivery, the hook and the beat could have been better. As for "Muerte en Hawaii," I'll let you hear it, and then you tell me whether it had any business on the record. In conclusion, it was a good record that had potential to be great but failed to be due to some weak beats and monotonous lyrics. Hopefully this won't be the last record from this group, because the fact is that they're a talented group still capable of making good music.