By: Robyn Barnette
PERFORMER: ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
ALBUM TITLE: ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
The way Enrique Iglesias is rolling these days, it's hard to believe that
he really is the son of legendary performer Julio Iglesias. And after
making a big splash in the Latin scene with both a religious experience and
a theme to a very popular Spanish telenovela (simply represented by a
sunflower, of all things!?!?!), he has certainly followed in his father's
footsteps in establishing himself as Latin's most graceful vocalist. But
he's already surpassed his father in two respects. One, establishing
himself as Latin's most sexiest vocalist, with his tall frame, dark skin,
and handsome "GQ" looks. Two, generating a fan base that consists of more
female admirers than the number of those Wilt Chamberlain slept with.
Still, Enrique has a long way to go if he wants to catch up with his old
man. If that is the case, his self-titled debut off the Fonovisa label has
gotten him off to a solid start. But should Julio be worried about his
son's success? Well, with this debut and the way his son's career is
going, he should be.
Enrique has two versions of himself walking upon his plains. The first
version is a honey-toned tenor who carries a vocal style similar to that of
Ricky Martin, but with more passion and dexterity. The version of Enrique
embellishes the romantic aspect of Latin and gives us the idea he's
following in his father's footsteps. He even sounds like a young Julio
Iglesias. The second version of Enrique is a tenor who's musical style
relies mostly on lavish Latin pop ballads, much less similar to the
material Ricky Martin has on "A Medio Vivir."
The first eight tracks off this album illustrate Enrique's two versions of
himself, and just one peep will convince the listener that he has come
correct. "No Llores Por Ti" and "Si Tu Te Vas" are two good examples of
his illustration, but the criticism there may be that the songs don't have
a lot of emotion. Make no mistake, the best example is "Por Amarte," for
which he sings the theme to the Spanish telenovela ("Marisol," for those of
you who don't know). "Experiencia Religosa" sports a gospel-influenced
piano base along with a mass choir toward the end. But the Latin pop is
still apparent in the track, and it's religious theme doesn't change the
song's quality. The only non-ballad track on the album is "Muñeca Cruel,"
with its feel-good harmony and acoustic guitar licks.
Enrique's mark is all over his debut. His sensuous vocals on top of pop
ballads are succulent enough to quench anyone's Latin thirst. All ten
tracks paint a portrait of the poetic quality in his music, and his album
displays this portrait with grace, heart, and emotion. What stands out the
most from this portrait is that he neither exaggerates the romantic aspect
of Latin, nor does he stray away from it. He remains focused on his style
of romantic Latin and gives us exactly what we would expect from someone
who's the son of Julio. If you love Julio, you already know how good he
is. But with his self-titled opus, Enrique's managed to duplicate his
father's success and take it one step further. All praises are due.
ROBYN'S RATING: 4 MICS--SLAMMIN', DEFINITE SATISFACTION
|Performer: Enrique Iglesias ||Musical Category: World/International--Latin
|Album Title: Enrique Iglesias||Producer(s): Rafael Pérez-Bojita, Roberto Morales
|Record Company: Fonovisa ||Engineer(s): Eric Ratz, et al.
|Distributor: Fonovisa ||Studio/Live: Studio
|UPC: 5330805062 ||Stereo/Mono: Stereo
|Release Year: 1995 ||Guest Artists: Marco Antonio Solis
|Album Length: N/A ||Availability: CD/Cassette
DATE OF REVIEW: August 5, 1996