Rolling Stone - p.1244 stars out of 5
-- "Spanish-speakers will love Residente's witty raps, but you don't need to know a word to grasp his message: a plea to bury geographic boundaries under an unstoppable groove."
Blender (Magazine) - p.624 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he duo's fast-talking satirist Residente marches reggaeton to the high road -- his commentaries about the harshness of life in Latin American barrios resemble those of the great singer Ruben Blades..."
Calle 13: Ren‚ P‚rez, Eduardo Cabra.
Personnel: Ileana Cabra, KianŒ Medina, Flor Joglar (vocals); Omar Vivoni (guitar, snare drum); Bryan Hoffman (didjeridu); Milton Barreto (soprano saxophone); Edgar Abraham (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Ram¡rez, Daniel (trumpet, flugelhorn); Cheo Qui¤ones (trumpet); Victor Vazquez , Arturo Verg‚s (trombone); Nelson Corchado (tuba); Nelson Calero (vibraphone); Radames Travieso (guiro); Ismael Cancel, Andr‚s Cruz, Hector Barez (percussion); Banda de Escolar de Aibonito.
Arrangers: Ram¡rez, Daniel; Eduardo Cabra.
When Calle 13 delivered their kooky left hook to the world of reggaeton with their 2005 full-length debut, critics and fans alike took notice. Fun, political, and boldly innovative in a genre full of cookie cutter artists, Calle 13 were the breath of fresh air reggaeton had long needed. The groundbreaking brother team from Puerto Rico continues their journey with 2008's LOS DE ATRAS VIENEN CONMIGO. With a title that translates loosely into "Those left behind are coming with me," Calle 13's sophomore effort takes to task the world of privilege and corporate greed. But the real revolution is in the music, which revels in a postmodern collage of styles including cumbia, reggae, rock, and gypsy music. Guests Caf‚ Tacuba (on lead single "No Hay Nadie Como Tu") and Ruben Blades give the tracks sparkle, but it's Calle 13's fresh, irresistible vision that carries the show.