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Calle 13 – ‘Entren Los Que Quieran’ CD Review

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Calle 13 - 'Entren Los Que Quieran'

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Entren Los Que Quieran marks a step forward in the music of Calle 13. The album is defined by its social appeal, which is highlighted in the song "Latinoamerica," a single that has been nominated in 2011 for a Latin Grammy award in the Record of the Year category.

Entren Los Que Quieran remains loyal to the group's philosophy of bringing together irreverent lyrics with a rich combination of musical influences. The following is the review of one of this year's most popular Latin music albums.

Powerful Combination of Sounds

Although Entren Los Que Quieran is a bit different from the first albums produced by Calle 13, this work also incorporates various musical influences into the 14 tracks included in this production. Entren Los Que Quieran offers a rich collage of sounds that include everything from Rap, Alternative Rock and Reggae to traditional Latin American rhythms like Cumbia and Andean music.

On the one hand, Entren Los Que Quieran offers songs heavily defined by a combination of Rap with a bit of Rock. The singles "Calma Pueblo," featuring Omar Rodriguez, and "Digo Lo Que Pienso," display in a good way the characteristic flow of Calle 13's lead singer Rene Perez, better known as Residente. These two tracks provide powerful lyrics.

On the other hand, songs like "La Vuelta Al Mundo" and "Muerte en Hawai" bring a softer sound influenced by a unique mix of Alternative music with a bit of Reggae and even Hawaiian Ukelele. Traditional Latin American music is displayed in various songs including "Latinoamerica" and "El Hormiguero," a track shaped by Cumbia sounds.

"Baile De Los Pobres" and "Latinoamerica"

These two singles are probably the best tracks from Entren Los Que Quieran. "Baile De Los Pobres" is not only one of the most popular songs but also one of the most innovative tracks of this CD. In the past, Calle 13 played around with all kinds of rhythms and styles. In "Baile De Los Pobres," the group uses Indian music and Reggaeton to deliver another outstanding track.

"Latinoamerica" is the single that better defines the whole album. This song captures better than any other Calle 13's social voice. With lyrics filled with irreverence and pride, this single is an open essay dealing with Latin American identities and society. This single, which offers music shaped by Andean sounds, features the voices of Colombian singer Toto La Momposina, Peruvian Latin-Grammy winner Susana Baca, and Brazilian artist Maria Rita.

Irreverent Lyrics

Just like all the previous works, Entren Los Que Quieran is also a very outspoken album. It takes on everything and everyone. For instance, while talking about the Church on the single "Calma Pueblo," Residente says "La mafia mas grande vive en el Vaticano" (The biggest mafia lives at the Vatican).

In "Latinoamerica," Calle 13 denounces US interventionism in the Americas making a reference to the infamous Operation Condor, a repressive policy of the 1970s carried out by dictatorships in the Americas and allegedly supported by the US.

‘Entren Los Que Quieran’ – Bottom Line

Although some of the fans Calle 13 gathered with the first albums may be a bit disappointed with Entren Los Que Quieran, this is a very nice work. With this album, Calle 13 is at the crossing point of Latin Urban sounds with Alternative music. Thanks to this, Entren Los Que Quieran appears as a world music album that could potentially enhance the international appeal of one of the most popular names in Latin music.

'Entren Los Que Quieran' - Best Tracks

Record Label: Sony U.S. Latin
Release Date: November, 2010

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