Calle 13 is back with a new CD! Residente o Visitante will be released April 24th, and if the album is anything like it's first single, it will be a bomb. "Tango del Pecado" is the best reggaeton I've heard so far in 2007. Residente and Visitante (the two group members) reinvent the genre all over again, as they did on Calle 13's self-titled debut album last year, awarded with three Latin Grammys. They've had some help this time, as Oscar-winning producer Gustavo Santaolalla (reknowed for his scores for Babel, Brokeback Mountain, Motorcycle Diaries and many many more) invites his Bajofondo Tango Club on this devilish track.
"Tango del Pecado" starts right away with the infective chorus, classic violins and the indispensable accordeon dancing a soulful tango with the dirty beats of DJ Visitante. The real treat on this track is, again, rapper Residente. His lyrical flow is unmatched, his satirical style a relief in a genre that's taking itself way too serious. The words to "Tango del Pecado" read as a role-play of a modern Romeo and Juliet, where a rich and beautiful girl falls for a poor musician. Residente cites Rubén Blades classic "Ligia Elena" as an influence, but you can't help noticing the correlation with his own life, remembering the storm of comments after former Miss Universe Denise Quiñones fell in love with him. She also plays the role of his bride 'Juliet' in the video clip - as usual with Calle 13, music and video are a single entity, because of ther art/film background.
As with their breakthrough single "Atrévete-te", you can also interpret the song as an answer to common predjudices surrounding reggaeton and hiphop. Even back in 2003, when I was in Guatemala, religious leaders labeled the music as 'satanic' and 'sinful'. Residente's response?
¡Súbele el volumen a la música satánica!
(Crank up the volume on this satanic music!)
Gotta love him. Residente o Visitante must be the most expected release of this year...
Calle 13 - Tango del Pecado