Latino superstar Enrique Iglesias released his tenth studio album titled SEX AND LOVE released in March 2014 by Republic Records. The album features guest vocals from Pitbull, Romeo Santos, Marco Antonio Solís, Flo Rida, Kylie Minogue, Yandel, Jennifer Lopez, Gente de Zona and India Martínez.
In an interview Enrique explained the reason behind titling his new album as Sex and Love. He said: “It’s one of the first things I thought about when I listened to the whole body of work. I think it’s something we can all relate to no matter what religion no matter what personality, no matter what colour we can all relate to it.”
So far the album has peaked in the top 10 on the US Billboard 200 album chart at #8 and #6 in Spain. The album just missed the top 10 in the UK debuting at #11 however the main lead single I’m A Freak reached #4.
The album starts off with his latest single I’m A Freak with good friend Pitbull. Even though this is not Enrique’s best single, it makes sense why it was chosen. Straight in at #4 in the UK, the single has a contagiously catchy chorus which saves it from being just “another Pitbull collaboration”
From Pitbull to now Flo Rida for the next track There Goes My Baby is a much better song which is very single worthy. The song is a total summer anthem with a complete Caribbean vibe. The song may be a little cheesy but everyone has that guilty pleasure song that makes them feel good.
Track three Bailando featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona is the first Spanish song on the record. Even though I don’t understand a word in the song, the track has a very Spanish salsa feel to it.
The first three songs get you moving but it’s time to take a break because the feature with Kylie Minogue is a heartfelt ballad titled Beautiful. The slight Daft Punk autotunedness to the song actually works. Even though the song doesn’t have such heartfelt lyrics, it does slightly touch you. The song does slightly build up to become a powerful ballad without becoming over the top. Its simplistic and very pretty.
Straight after you hear a more experimental song titled Heart Attack which is one of the better dance tracks on the record. It has a mix of rock, pop and dubstep. The chrous “I don’t want to live in a world without you” may be a little expected and a typical Enrique lyric but you really believe him in it.
Next Let Me Be Your Lover is another Pitbull featured track. Obviously Enrique and Pitbull enjoy making songs together but this track is a little blah. Not awful or brilliant, just there. Chorus isn’t that catchy and the “na nana na nana” makes the chorus a whole lot of nothing.
You And I contains a very contagious beat which would sound incredible live. This is then followed by potentially the best song on the record Be Your King. As soon as the song starts, it has that catchy hook to it. This along with There Goes My Baby are summer anthems waiting to happen. The lyrics may be a little cheesy, but that is slightly Enrique all over isn’t it? We’re used to it by now and that’s probably why he has continued to make big hits over the years.
Only A Woman seems to be the Hero/Somebody’s Me of this album. This ballad is for sure for the ladies.
Next up is a track we have been waiting for, for a long time – A Enrique and J.Lo collaboration! Physical sounds fairly similar to Jennifer’s 2013 hit Live It Up with much more passion. This chorus for this song sometimes sounds like a 2014 version to Olivia Newton-John’s signature hit titled Physical too. Was that the aim? Probably not.
Turn The Night Up ends the standard edition of the album on a sexy note. Turn The Night Up was made for the clubs.
Now, if you purchased the deluxe edition in the UK you would have received four extra tracks. Loco featuring India Martínez which is another all Spanish singing song. This is then followed by two dance anthems Finally Found You with Sammy Adams and I Like How It Feels which features Pitbull once again. The deluxe edition then ends the album on a Spanish note with Marco Antonio Solís on their El Perdedor song.
Surprisingly enough this whole album works. Over the years Enrique has been more well known for making more hit songs than albums and even though this is album is more of a “hit singles” album, there is a lot of them and not so much filler. The album contains many collaboration which sometimes can be off-putting but they nearly all work. A little far too many appearances from Pitbull if you ask me but I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon. Sex and Love does what it says on the tin and isn’t trying to be something it’s not. For Enrique fans, this is perfect for them.
Key tracks: There Goes My Baby, Beautiful, Heart Attack, Still Your King, Physical
Overall album rating: 8/10