Juicio Final

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
In 2008, a couple years after his chart-topping hit single "Sola" confirmed his superstar status, Hector el Father announced his pending retirement from reggaetón in order to devote himself to Christianity. While it's routine to scoff at such announcements -- particularly by American rappers, who threaten retirement so often it's become something of a joke -- one listen to Juicio Final should convince listeners that Hector el Father is serious. Unlike Jay-Z, for instance, who announced his retirement while he was at his peak, in hopes of going out on top of the rap game with his best-ever effort, The Black Album (2003), Hector el Father chose as his final statement ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
In 2008, a couple years after his chart-topping hit single "Sola" confirmed his superstar status, Hector el Father announced his pending retirement from reggaetón in order to devote himself to Christianity. While it's routine to scoff at such announcements -- particularly by American rappers, who threaten retirement so often it's become something of a joke -- one listen to Juicio Final should convince listeners that Hector el Father is serious. Unlike Jay-Z, for instance, who announced his retirement while he was at his peak, in hopes of going out on top of the rap game with his best-ever effort, The Black Album (2003), Hector el Father chose as his final statement Juicio Final, far and away his least commercially oriented album to date. From the opening track, the six-minute "Intro," a lengthy and heavily biblical conversation with God in which he questions the consequences of his life as a reggaetonero, it's clear that Juicio Final is an album concerned not with hitmaking and chart-topping, but rather with weightier concerns such as the fate of the protagonist's soul. Following the six-minute intro, Hector el Father indeed bears his soul on "Mi Testimonio," a powerful song on which he explains his reasons for leaving reggaetón behind in favor of Christianity. Subsequent songs are more topical, keeping with the same overall theme of "final judgment." For instance, "La Boda" explores matters of sexuality in ways one perhaps never expects to hear expressed within the context of reggaetón, a style of music notorious for its sexist attitudes, while the song that follows, "Payaso," is strikingly honest about how Hector el Father no longer wants to feel like a "clown" who performs knowingly stupid music for the amusement of others. Halfway through the album, after Hector el Father essentially confesses his litany of sins, Juicio Final makes a turn toward penance with "Y Llora," the album's most heartfelt song and also its most surprising. For one, it's a pop
ock ballad; not only is there no dem-bow rhythm, but there's no beat whatsoever. Backed by guitar, bass, and drums -- a real band, by the sound of it -- Hector el Father sings rather than raps, and the result is surprisingly effective. The next song, "Te Vi Llorar," is another highlight stylistically atypical of reggaetón; though previously released on Mi Trayectoria, it fits in perfectly here on Juicio Final. The latter half of Juicio Final is less interesting, as the downcast mood starts to drag after the couple mid-album highlights, particularly with the back-to-back sequencing of "Si Me Tocaras" and "Perdóname." While Juicio Final isn't any fun and goes too far, crossing the line between forthrightness and self-flagellation during the latter half of its hour-long duration, it's surely one of the most thoughtful and boldly sincere reggaetón albums to date, perhaps opening the door for more self-reflection within the genre. Perhaps most interestingly, it remains to be seen what becomes of Hector el Father -- as, again, such "retirements" rarely endure -- but his decision to leave reggaetón behind for Christianity is curious if not totally original (ten years earlier Vico C made a similar career decision, ultimately returning with Christian-themed music).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Label: Machete Music
  • UPC: 602517819337
  • Catalog Number: 001195902
  • Sales rank: 70,986

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (5:42)
  2. 2 Mi Testimonio (4:05)
  3. 3 Se Nos Cae La Casa (3:45)
  4. 4 La Boda (3:50)
  5. 5 Payaso (4:26)
  6. 6 Y Llora (4:43)
  7. 7 Te VI Llorar (3:37)
  8. 8 Entre el Bien y el Mal (4:54)
  9. 9 Si Me Tocaras (4:07)
  10. 10 Perdoname (3:50)
  11. 11 Tocaste La Puerta (4:29)
  12. 12 De Que Nos Vale (3:21)
  13. 13 Juicio Final (6:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hector el Father Primary Artist
Ismael Rivera Drums
Gilda Gonzalez Background Vocals
Randy Santiago Background Vocals
Ana Paula Background Vocals
Eddie Lebrón Background Vocals
Sorielle Torres Background Vocals
Pilar Oliver Background Vocals
Paloma Beauchamp Background Vocals
Maribel Gonzalez Background Vocals
Joan Ortiz Background Vocals
Hector Trinta Background Vocals
Alex Trinta Background Vocals
Yosef Torres Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Santana Audio Production
Papo Sanchez Engineer
Arthur Hanlon Composer
Gabriel Perez Cruz Composer
Randy Santiago Composer
Luis Antonio Lopez Engineer
Esteban Piñeiro Mastering
Hector el Father Producer, Audio Production
Ramón "Ray" Casillas Engineer
Armando Rosario Composer
Rifo Kila Audio Production
Nerol Audio Production
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