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There are so many good tracks that if there are filler tracks, they don't stand out. The tracks that work best, for me at least, are the reggaeton-sounding ones. "I Don't Care" doesn't represent the entire album, but it simply represents Martin going in a new direction musically. "I Am" is a great track, for example, that's sexual but not over the top. Simple beat, very un-Ricky Martin. Other great tracks are "This is Good," the ballad "Stop Time Tonight" and the amazingly and sinfully good "Drop it on Me" featuring Daddy Yankee.
This CD is surprising, simply because I expected this album to sound like the other two english releases. This CD hasn't been given the right promotion or attention. People are ready to write off Ricky Martin but if you listen to this, believe me, you'll be pleasantly surprised to hear his more grown up and edgier sound. This is one of my top picks of the year, an album I'd really encourage folks to get out and get along with a hit like Mariah Carey's "Emancipation of Mimi." Buy this CD, you won't be disapointed and your money will be well spent.
With "Life" Ricky Martin injects just that into his music. Where his previous efforts were strictly pop and latino influenced projects, this album boasts more influence from the hip hop genre as well as some lush middle eastern accents. The pop and latino influences are still present and accounted for but they generously share the spot light with new styles. Even though it seems to be a trend that everyone and their mama either tries to incorperate hip hop or angst rock into their styles, Ricky Martin has found a way to make it all seem fresh and new.
"Till I Get To You" opens this album and while it is no "Vida Loca" or "She Bangs" it is a wonderful indication of the direction the album will be traveling in. A mid-tempo gem with middle eastern accents highlighting the melodies and his stunning voice.
"I Won't Desert You" features a woman chanting in middle eastern dialect and again carries on the accents of the orient to stunning effect. This song is also mid-tempo with a beautiful chorus.
"I Don't Care" could get by without the geust spots but for once, it is the guests that add a needed punch to a catchy song. Amerie does fair with her part (anyone female singer in the R&B sect could have sang it) but it is Fat Joe who steals the show with up front rap that confronts and extinguishes infedelity in a lyrical swoop. His rap contrasts with the message of the song (I want you back even though you did me wrong) which makes it all the more intriguing to listen to.Read more ›
I like the sound of this CD much more than his previous hits. To me, it sounds more "street" more "raw" and more "hip/hip". A little bit of a descent from the latin sound that all started to sound the same in every single one of his previous hits. This is a more hard hitting CD. Still his marginal vocals bit over MUCH better beats! Pleasently suprised here. There are a few latin-oriented songs - but not repetitively so.
Standout tracks include: "Til I Get To You", "I Don't Care", "Life", "Drop It On Me" and "I Won't Desert You"
A very good, nice, new, fresh direction for Ricky to head in!
1. 'Til I get to you - Great choice for an opening track, it's gets you right into the mood. Some of the best lines on the album are in this track, like "Pass the smiling faces with a hidden rage". 10/10
2. I won't desert you - A bit of a change of pace after track 1, but enjoyable. Heavy on the international influences with some of Ricky's best vocals. 9/10
3. I don't care - Perfect choice for a first single. Fat Joe & Amerie make the song. The beat is hot. There's one thing that can be said about Ricky - he has rhythm. 8/10
4. Stop Time Tonight - Weakest song on the album. This song is an awful Diane Warren ballad. Yes, she's had some hits in the past, but this one is not up to par. I imagine it was only included on the CD because it was written by Diane Warren. It's clunky and cumbersome with cliched lyrics. Ricky gives it his best, but it just doesn't work. 5/10
5. Life - This is one of my favourite song on the album. Catchy chorus with what sounds almost like an 80's synth in there. There's so many different musical influences here that by rights it shouldn't work but it does it. 10/10
6. I am - Grrr Baby. Phwoar. This song is SEXY. Ricky gets down with his dirty self, and here was me thinking he was a nice boy. This song is so hot you don't know what hit you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Cd was also another present for my grandson Brandon. He is a huge fan and Ricky is his idol. I know he is enjoying it.Published on December 30, 2013 by Lyn Koppes
Ricky Martin used to be my favorite musical artist. Not because that he was a lyrical genius but because his music had this pounding flavorful instrumentals when 'pop' was on the... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Megan Smith
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I bought this CD together with his biography, love some of the songs there and he is always be my idol!Published on April 9, 2013 by Juan Ming
I remember when this album was first released back in 2005, and as a Ricky fan, all I could do was feel embarassed for him. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Sergio