4 Latin pop never quite became la juggernaut loca it promised to be, but, thankfully, groups like Texas' KUMBIA KINGS have continued to thrive. On the… 4 Latin pop never quite became la juggernaut loca it promised to be, but, thankfully, groups like Texas' KUMBIA KINGS have continued to thrive. On the… 2011-06-28 Beyonce Knowles Pop R&B Columbia
Music Review

4 (2011)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 28, 2011; Lead Performance: Beyonce Knowles; Genres: Pop, R&B; Production: Columbia

Latin pop never quite became la juggernaut loca it promised to be, but, thankfully, groups like Texas' KUMBIA KINGS have continued to thrive. On the polyglot 4 (EMI Latin), the five-man boy band (founded by A.B. Quintanilla III, brother of the late Tejano star Selena) teases the old and young alike. For traditionalists, there's south-of-the-border roots music -- ''No Tengo Dinero,'' featuring El Gran Silencio, and ''Mi Gente,'' with Ozomatli -- and for their kids, the Kings sing radio-ready prom songs. The latter come in three styles: plaintive Spanish-language ballads like ''Rompecabezas''; crossover soul like the current hit ''Don't Wanna Try,'' by King Frankie J (whose solo debut is out this week); and such cheesy, timeless pop as a cover of New Kids on the Block's ''Please Don't Go Girl,'' updated with teenybop raps for multiculti baggy-pants appeal.

Originally posted May 30, 2003 Published in issue #712 May 30, 2003 Order article reprints
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