On his eighth studio record, Sanz continues to approach songwriting with the same poetic conviction that earned him acclaim on records like 1997's Más. In fact, the album's good enough to make you overlook the single, a bilingual duo with Alicia Keys, which, sadly, falls short of what such a celebrity coupling might bring.
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
El Arte de la Elegancia de LFC
Last year's La Luz del Ritmo came after a seven-year split for the Cadillacs, and, fueled in large part by remakes, some covers and the single "Padre Nuestro," it thrust the legendary Argentine rock group right back into the thick of things. This year, Vicentico, Señor Flavio and company followed it up with El Arte, nine tracks of classic LFC rock-ska B-side goodness, all given fresh new faces. There are also two completely new songs, which prove that, 25 years later, these guys still kick ass.
Mexican Institute of Sound
The brainchild of EMI Mexico's president, Camilo Lara, MIS hails from the D.F., with a sound reflecting those Mexican roots. There's fusion here, as well as cumbia, pop and alternative, all posed against an electro playground. The result is arresting and infectious dance music in which Lara veers away from samples toward live instrumentation. Enjoy with sushi or straight up.
Wisin y Yandel
Some say reggaetón is dying. And though WyY may not agree outright with that prognosis, they seem to have (not unwisely) jumped ship. Reggaetón purists be damned, this album has all the elements of a well-put-together hip-hop disc fit for the clubs, right down to a 50 Cent colab.
(Sony Music Latin)
This four-piece bachata group has taken the U.S. by storm, dominating not only the Latin sales charts, but even making it onto Billboard's Top 200 alongside such mainstream acts as Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas. Plus, they habitually sell out Madison Square Garden in their home town of New York City and arenas across the country, from Miami's Triple A to El Ley's Staples Center. Sure, some people feel that Romeo's voice is more befitting a cat food commercial, but that's not the sentiment here.