Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Wisin & Yandel – Reggaetón en lo Oscuro

Reunited and it feels so… uh… hmm. Yeah.


Juana Giaimo: Wisin & Yandel’s comeback should have been huge. However, “Reggaetón en los Oscuro”, the lead single from Los Campeones del Pueblo, has fewer than 50 million views (which is a lot, but not so much when compared to newer artists like J.Balvin, Maluna, Ozuna or even with another legend like Daddy Yankee). Maybe it is because the song musically resembles the old school of reggaetón, when the genre sounded more aggressive. The beat is really loud (you can barely hear any other instruments), Wisin screams when he raps meaningless verses and the chorus is alright until you hear a hoarse RAM-PA-PA-PAM, which make this song quite funny to listen to in 2019.

Joshua Minsoo Kim: Wisin’s rapping has a harshness to it that doesn’t suit the song’s sensual mood, so hearing him request that a woman turn off her cell phone doesn’t quite register as a call to get lost in a night of dancing. Despite this, it does contrast Yandel’s singing well, and it ultimately establishes the debaucherous revelry that he and others will want to engage in when this is turned on. If “Reggaetón en lo Oscuro” does something well, it’s in creating a sense of never ending movement. This exists because of Wisin and Yandel’s constant back and forth, but the switch between reggaetón and EDM brings this constant propulsion to life.

Tim de Reuse: Distinguishes itself from other entries in its genre by its willingness to break up the dominance of the dembow rhythm and add in some tasteful tension/release drama. As gaudy as the finished result is, it’s got undeniable energy, and it crunches in a lot of content and detail into a very compact package: the percussion skips a beat here and there, Wisin shouts his verses without stopping for breath, and the quieter parts have this suspenseful action-movie ambience in the background. I can’t help but respect the way it commits to such stylistic absurdity.

Danilo Bortoli: “When you’re a child you don’t judge or analyze music. You just like it because you like it. You’re not concerned with whether it’s cool or not. Sometimes you might relate to just one thing in a song, such as the guitar sound. This album takes a playful, fun, and colorful look at music. It’s about the idea of looking at something with an open mind and not asking too many questions. It’s about the true, simple, and honest relationship you have with music when you’re open to your own feelings.” — Thomas Bangalter. And I’ll add: ABSOLUTE FUN.

Stephen Eisermann: I’ve come to expect by the numbers reggaetón from Wisin & Yandel, so this generic retread of their past work is unimpressive. It’s not bad, but it’s boring, and I think that’s worse, especially when this type of song is supposed to hype people up and make them want to dance.

Thomas Inskeep: So Wisin & Yandel make their highly-touted comeback as a duo with… the most generic-sounding reggaeton single imaginable. There’s nothing special here, there’s no spark, it’s just meh.

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