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Un Verano Sin Ti Album Review

Un Verano Sin Ti - Bad Bunny

Genre: Rap / Pop / R&B

Released: May 6th, 2022

Un Verano Sin Ti goes much further than your typical Caribbean summer soundtrack. Its rhythmic and melodic tracks blend seamlessly within one another, piecing together a story of both heartbreak and “perreo” told by none other than “el malo conejo,” or as many know him– Bad Bunny. His fourth studio album to date, this summer 2022 debut for Benito Antonio has been one of the most anticipated Latin albums of the year and has surpassed all expectations debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It has managed to stay on the top of the list even against major releases from the likes of Harry Styles, Post Malone, and even Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

Recorded and produced in his Puerto Rican and Dominican homeland, this album is a refined 23-track saga that takes us through a Caribbean auditory experience featuring sounds of Dominican Perreo, Bachata, Reggaeton, and Mambo, among others. The album is divided into a classic A and B side track album style showing us both the upbeat dance party tracks juxtaposed with calmer rhythmic sounds and ballads that give insight into a more gentle and reflective Benito as he shares deeply on his internal struggles between moving forward from lost love and embracing the summer time. Consider this album a love letter to Caribbean culture, highlighting and uplifting marginalized communities with black and brown roots throughout the islands. Bad Bunny as an artist is known for his versatility and this album is no stranger to that as we see a variety of experimental beats paired with lyricism that manages to be light yet deeply striking to the soul. For anyone looking to dance into the sunset all night long with your homies or perhaps get over that tough heartbreak, Un Verano Sin Ti offers music for all types of people and all genre lovers alike.

Without further ado, these are my top picks of the album for intrigued foreign listeners to Bad Bunny.

For those looking for a late-night perreo or dance party…Lola Recommends:

For those getting over that toxic ex…Lola Recommends:

For those relaxing while watching the sunset on the beach…Lola Recommends:

This album means so much more than just a summer of good music. Latin representation in the world of westernized culture has never received this much mainstream attention throughout the U.S. For many Latinx or Foreign artists, it is an incredibly hard feat to achieve this level of notoriety and success, however, Benito Antonio is paving the way for non-American artists. The reality is that these soulful, rhythmic beats of the island that grind and bump in between the lines of expression are a form of objection, one from the normality of the American music industry. The album pieces together an authentic sound of the D.R and has once again shown the prowess of the Hispanic voice. It sets the precedent for what is set to come from foreign artists and one thing will hold true–that we will not be silenced nor backed into a corner.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes often spoken by Cuban locals and by my very own Cuban Aunt, El dolor pasa, pero el amor queda.

Translation : The pain will pass, but the love will stay.

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