Album Review of Sex and Love by Enrique Iglesias.
Release Date: Mar 18, 2014
Record label: Island
Genre(s): Latin, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Latin Pop, Latin Dance
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.
Enrique Iglesias has been away for quite some time, for the pop world anyway – his last record Euphoria was released to wild success back in 2010. He’s dropped a smattering of singles since then, as far back as 2011, but nothing of substance, just a spray of teasey, tantalising cutlets that fizzled out… or so we thought. In reality, they were leading to Iglesias’ 10th studio record, Sex+Love.
“I tried to let it go / But I’m addicted to your chemicals / I got a feast, I want an overdose.” Ay Yi, Yi, Enrique Iglesias – Ay Yi, Yi! The aforementioned lyric is the fashion in which the Latin-pop phenomenon kicks off his latest LP, the ‘subtly’ titled SEX AND LOVE. The title SEX AND LOVE truly leaves little to the imagination, something prevalent throughout the album’s course. Much of the rub with the album is its lack of imagination and creativity; the overabundance of generic pop clichés and lack of depth lyrically prevents SEX AND LOVE from truly ‘spreading its wings’ into something more.
On his 10th record, Enrique Iglesias aims for every demographic by delivering sensual Spanish ballads, inviting pop, and fluffernutter dance grooves. As always, he’s superb executing tender acoustic love songs. “Bailando,” the pained, beautifully sung “El Perdedor,” and “Me Cuesta Tanto Olvidarte” are the centerpieces of the disc. These are clearly what Iglesias does best and they carry the weight here.