Since her debut 1997 album, Ivy Queen has leveled the playing field in reggaetón. With the release of her eighth solo record, 2012's Musa, she remains the genre's top female star and proves again that she can hang with the big boys. At this point in reggaetón's evolution from Puerto Rican ghetto rap set to a Jamaican dancehall-inspired beat to chart-topping international dance music, it's no surprise that Ivy follows similar productions by artists like Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Wisin & Yandel with a radio-friendly album heavy on diverse tropical rhythms and lavish dance-pop production. There's "Cupido," a bachata track, and "Peligro de Extinción," featuring the kind of rootsy accordion found on Michel Teló's worldwide sensation "Ai Se Eu Te Pego." Meanwhile, songs like "Como Bailo Yo" and "La Killer" will satisfy old school reggaetón fans as Ivy Queen again lives up to her royal name.
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