Just how far does reggaetón go? The compilation "Guatauba—The Kings of New York, Vol. 2" contains original material and new versions of familiar songs showcasing different styles and voi

Just how far does reggaetón go? The compilation "Guatauba—The Kings of New York, Vol. 2" contains original material and new versions of familiar songs showcasing different styles and voices and, one would expect, a wide range of expression. Unfortunately, that isn't the case, in part because the monotonic reggaetón beat is such a repetitive constant that it obliterates much of the nuance—though it does get you dancing. But there are glimmers of uniqueness in the more lyrical "Hacerte Mía" (featuring L'Ter) and the riveting "Experiencia Callejera." Bonus track "Mataron Un Inocente," by Tito & Hector, has lyrical promise but sounds half-baked. The true highlights are two Vico C songs: "Para Mi Barrio," with its tumbao beat and great rapping, and "El Bueno, El Malo y El Feo," which features Tego Calderón and Eddie Dee.—LC