Audio Mixer: Jose Cotto.
Recording information: La Mente Maestra Studio.
Photographer: Edwin David.
Keeping to their consistent schedule of a new studio album every two years (despite working overtime during 2010 to tour and compile the two-volume live collection La Revoluci¢n Live), reggateon cowboys Wisin & Yandel return for Los Vaqueros: El Regreso, their eighth studio album. It's an LP that's meant to evoke 2006's crew-laden Los Vaqueros, which firmly established reggaeton's first family with appearances by Don Omar and Franco "El Gorilla", as well as a host of newcomers. This one is similarly studded with nearly a dozen stars and up-and-coming talents. Unlike many of their contemporaries, who clearly can't contain a parade of collaborators in a seamless whole, Wisin & Yandel easily shuttle between pop, urban, and reggaeton with few speed bumps. "No Dejemos Que Se Apague," featuring T-Pain and 50 Cent, segues nicely into the reggaeton-heavy "Se Acab¢" featuring Tito el Bambino. Other heavy hitters dot the album, including Tego Calder¢n, Sean Kingston, and Alexis & Fido. The returning Franco "El Gorilla" gets space for two features: "Sigan Bailando" with Tego, and the album-closing "Uy Uy Uy." ~ John Bush