Personnel: Rafa Rosario (vocals); M rtires de Le¢n (guitar); Juan Francisco Ordonez (electric guitar, Spanish guitar); Federico Mendez (electric guitar); Gerson Suero, Sandy Gabriel, Crispin Fern ndez (saxophone); Wilson Pena Jr. (alto saxophone); Junior Mayol (tenor saxophone); Ariel Medina (trumpet, background vocals); Hector Jimenez, Ramon Reyes, Jos‚ Luis Mateo, Rodheb Santos (trumpet); Tono Castillo, Rando Camasta, Pedro Castillo, Hendry Zarzuela, Henry Jimenez, Juan Valdez, Ram¢n Orlando (piano); Luis Rosario (bass guitar); Pablo Nataniel (congas); Juan Manuel Martinez (bongos); Carlos Frias (tambora); David Almengod (percussion); Rafely Rosario, Reynold Sosa, Tony Rosario (background vocals); Papi Rosario, Pappy Rosario, Domingo Rosario, Juan Fco. Diaz.
A competent if somewhat directionless merengue collection from the remains of a group that has been around for decades. A couple of arrangements, "Rumba" and "Por Ti," really catch fire. "Alo" is amusing and catchy with its repetitive refrain. The rest vacillate between the stiff elegance of early merengue and functional dance music. Nothing is embarrassing outright boring, as one might expect from Latin music industry veterans. The vocal harmonies and horn sections are predictably tight. There are also lots of imaginative introductions, some of which outshine the arrangements they precede. The lead vocals imbue the lyrical pablum with as much character as possible, occasionally mocking their own serious vibrato. All in all, not bad for a family franchise. ~ J. Chandler