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Multi-platinum artist Ricky Martin returns with his new record Life which includes the new hit single 'I Don't Care' that featrures Fat Joe And Amerie. Columbia. 2005.

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Ricky Martin's self-titled 1999 album made him an international crossover star, and it's been both a blessing and a curse ever since. The Puerto Rican heartthrob became the poster boy for the much-ballyhoed Latin-pop movement, and he paved the way for English-language albums from Paulina Rubio, Thalia and Shakira. At the same time, Martin's processed pop recordings quickly lost favor at radio, and he seemed destined to become a musical footnote. Life finds the charismatic singer exuding a newfound confidence and showcasing some much-needed musical diversity. Martin traveled to India to record the string arrangements for the album, and that influence is felt throughout the disc's 12 tracks. Middle Eastern accents embellish tracks "Til I Get To You" and "I Won't Desert You," and groovy first single "I Don't Care" adds guest vocals from Fat Joe and soulful songbird Amerie for some street cred. Vocally, Martin sounds better than ever; he pushes his modest voice past its normal limit to match the intensity of the music. And like any good pop icon looking to maximize airplay, Martin dabbles in reggaeton during "Drop it On Me" and the Luny Tunes Mix of "Que Mas Da (I Don't Care)." Life may be the sound of an artist still looking for his individual sound, but it's a pretty enjoyable ride nonetheless. --Joey Guerra

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Til I Get To You
  2. I Won't Desert You
  3. I Don't Care
  4. Stop Time Tonight
  5. Life
  6. I Am
  7. It's Alright
  8. Drop It On Me
  9. This Is Good
  10. Save The Dance
  11. Que Mas Da [I Don't Care]
  12. Dejate Lleuar [It's Alright - Spanish]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000B0WOEE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Antoine D. Reid VINE VOICE on October 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Rarely do I come across a CD that's as good as this one. Perhaps this is the year of the comeback, though I don't consider Ricky Martin having really gone anywhere. First of all, this isn't "Ricky Martin" and it isn't "Sound Loaded." "Life" takes Martin to an entirely new level. At first, it's hard to accept him as anything beyond the whole "shake your bon-bon" or "she bangs" box. Yet, Martin sheds that commerical latin pop sound and moves in a new direction. It's edgier, it's adult, it's modern, and it has a sound that can't really placed or described. If I tried, I'd say international.

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.
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Ricky Martin is a phenomenal singer. His latin albums are stunningly good (his most recent spanish language one was the bomb) and his english albums are also generally good. A flaw from the english sets were sometimes mediocre lyrics set to stunning upbeat beats.

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.
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By Josh on October 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am not a Ricky Martin fan at all! When I first heard "I Don't Care" it was not a typical Ricky Martin song at all! I liked it a lot! I decided to go purchase it and give it a whirl!

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!
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Ricky Martin's latest is HOT. 'Life' is a surprising departure from his usual sound and it absolutely works. It's sexy, upbeat and danceable. Although this CD is heavy on the Middle Eastern influences, the Latin beats are still there for lovers of Ricky's Spanish language CD's. 'Life' has momentum, it carries itself on its own merit. There's no room for boredom, it's a record you can keep on repeat for hours.

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.
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