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Dangerous Bunny Appears Again and Hunkers Down

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The album opens with “Nadie Sabe,” a six-minute manifesto of celebrity isolation set to brooding orchestral chords, with Dangerous Bunny ultimately joined by a full choir. He declares himself “the most important star in all the world”; he additionally warns that “Nobody is aware of, no, what it feels prefer to really feel alone in entrance of 100,000 folks.” And for all his well-earned self-confidence, the haters nonetheless get underneath his pores and skin. “I’m not at my peak, now I’m in my prime,” he sings. “That’s why they’re praying that I crash.”

Join that, after all, to grievance-powered politics and social media algorithms that stoke battle and encourage pointless beefs. Musicians now market themselves in that surroundings and must deal, a technique or one other, with the feedback. However musicians even have totally different, nonverbal retailers. They’ve the visceral joys of rhythm. They’ve the intuitive responses to a concord or a vocal tone. They’ve the liberty, particularly within the digital period, to make startling sonic leaps with a mouse click on.

Dangerous Bunny has embraced these potentialities, broadening his musical horizons with every of his albums. Whereas Latin lure and reggaeton are his musical foundations, he has delved into rock, reggae, hip-hop, salsa, bomba, merengue, EDM and extra, generally inside the similar music, as he did in tracks like “Después de la Playa” and “El Apagón” on his blockbuster 2022 album, “Un Verano Sin Ti.”

But on the brand new album, Dangerous Bunny intentionally narrows his palette. “Nadie Sabe” declares that the album is for his “actual followers,” and most of its songs return to the Latin lure that dominated his first album, “X 100PRE,” in 2018. 5 years appears just a little too quickly for a nostalgia journey.

As craftsman and singer, Dangerous Bunny is completely at residence with the ticking digital drums and minor chords of Latin lure. Within the new songs, he works his method by way of acquainted matters: wealth, events, intercourse, fame, autonomy. And even in well-trodden sonic territory, he can create arresting songs. He’s decisively embittered in “Gracias por Nada” (“Thanks for Nothing”), a post-breakup lure ballad that burns each bridge because it particulars how deeply he was betrayed.