10 Best Latin Albums of 2016

Helado Negro, Alex Anwandter and more of the year's best from Latinx artists

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Juan Gabriel, 'Los Dúo 2'
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7. Juan Gabriel, 'Los Dúo 2'

Mexican music icon Juan Gabriel made transcendent, unconditional hits year after year since the Seventies. On his dazzling 29th album – released in December 2015, before his untimely death in August at age 66 – El Divo de Juárez illuminates his exuberance as he sings duets with an eclectic, all-star lineup of Ibero-American powerhouses. Frolicking through playful mariachi, emotional ballads and swooning pop, his passionate, unparalleled tenor never comes close to being eclipsed. He soars in concert with Alejandro Fernández's deep vibrato on the symphonically luscious "Te Quise Olvidar," boasts border-life swagger next to Julión Álvarez and J Balvin on ranchera "La Frontera," and meets Carla Morrison's sweet timbre for some alt-pop on "Yo Sé Que Está en Tu Corazón." Throughout all 19 tracks, he's always soulful, genuine and glorious. I.R.

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