In its major-label debut, Puerto Rican party band Algarete, which by some accounts is the single most active group on the island, enthusiastically translates its blend of ska, rock, rap, and reggae to

In its major-label debut, Puerto Rican party band Algarete, which by some accounts is the single most active group on the island, enthusiastically translates its blend of ska, rock, rap, and reggae to disc, not allowing the studio to mellow out a certain aggression. The mix of styles is not new, but by adding a very visible piano, Algarete brings cohesiveness to the ensemble with intriguing stylistic touches (the honky-tonk feel in a couple of tracks, for example). Lyrically, Algarete is less imaginative—many of the songs have interchangeable words, and the double-entendre in "Se Me Para" is way too obvious. Algarete, of course, thrives on being in your face, down to the often annoyingly insistent lead vocals. This is not for the subtle, but fans of their live show won't be disappointed.—LC

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