Sex and Love

Sex and Love

by Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias


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Though Enrique Iglesias spent four years between albums, one would hardly know it by Sex and Love. No less than four of these 11 tracks were issued as pre-release singles in 2013. Musically, Iglesias walks the line between the dancefloor jams of 2007's Insomniac and the romantic flavor of 2010's Euphoria. Interestingly, it's not the singles that are most convincing. "Bailando," with Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, is an uptempo groover that melds flamenco-tinged guitars and a cut-time dancefloor strut. The celebratory choruses are balanced by a tender, infectious pop melody and a tropical counter-rhythm. Single "El Perdedor," with Marc Antonio Solís, is an unmistakable loverman ballad. Its relatively sparse mix, clipped beat, soloing nylon-string guitars, strings, and keyboards make it one of the set's best tracks, though it's superceded by the transcendent ballad "Me Cuesta Tanto Olvidarte," co-written with Claudia Brant. Its piano, strings, and martial snare drum lend a processional quality to Iglesias' emotionally exposed lyric. Of the groovers, there's the polished club anthem "You and I," followed by the hooky yet overly slick single "Heart Attack." A set highlight lies in the deeply funky soul bachata of "Let Me Be Your Lover," with Pitbull (who also appears, of course, on the floor-stomping, album-opening single "I'm a Freak"). The reggaeton in "There Goes My Baby," with Flo Rida, is pure pop candy, while "Noche y de Dia" with Juan Magán and Yandel is a four-on-the-floor tropical club jam -- complete with loads of Auto-Tune. There are two versions of "Loco" here. The single with Romeo Santos is silky smooth with tropical rhythms underneath electric guitars, programmed beats, and those two -- perhaps overly -- seductive voices. The latter version features Andalusian singer India Martínez. It's more spacious, natural, and passionate. Iglesias lets her beautifully grainy flamenco voice shine through to meet his in an unforced duet. Rolling hand drums, strummed guitars, an electric six-string solo, and a bassline are all that populate its mix. Though Sex and Love tries hard to walk the tightrope between the personas displayed on Iglesias' two previous outings, he leans more to the club side here. Your feelings about the album will depend on which side of the divide you lean toward.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2014
Label: Universal Latino
UPC: 0602537745241
catalogNumber: 2025102
Rank: 33604

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Enrique Iglesias   Primary Artist
Manny López   Acoustic Guitar
Van Romaine   Snare Drums
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Dante Rivera   Bass
Rob Clores   Piano
Guillermo Frias   Bongos
Joaquin Diaz   Keyboards
David Cabrera   Guitar
Carlos Paucar   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Pedro Alfonso   Violin,Viola
Konstantin Litvinenko   Cello
Pablo DeLa Loza   Keyboards
Marty James   Background Vocals
Esther Fortune   Background Vocals
Rickard Goransson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Enrique Terrero   Guira
DJ Frank E   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Rome Ramirez   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Niles Hollowell-Dhar   Background Vocals
Jesusin Cruz   Guitar
Alex "Chichi" Caba   Guitar

Technical Credits

Enrique Iglesias   Composer
Benny Faccone   Engineer
Ivan Chevere   Engineer
Drew FitzGerald   Art Direction
David Cabrera   Arranger
Carlos Paucar   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
John Hanes   Engineer
Carlos Bedoya   Engineer
Bruno Canale   Guitar Engineer
Marc Lee   Engineer
Cataracs   Producer
Marty James   Composer
Rickard Goransson   Composer,Producer
Claudia Brant   Composer
Ramon 'El Ingeniero' Casillas   Composer,Programming
Roberto "Tito" Vazquez   Engineer
William Landron Rivera   Composer
Tramar Dillard   Composer
DJ Frank E   Programming,Producer
Romeo Santos   Producer
Alexander Delgado   Composer
Rome Ramirez   Composer
Justin Franks   Composer
Christian Ramos   Composer
Niles Hollowell-Dhar   Composer
Delbert Bowers   Composer
Randy Malcom Martinez Amey   Composer
Armando Pérez   Composer
Markel Barsagaz   Engineer
Descember Bueno   Composer
Brady Wiggins   Programming

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