Escape

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Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
On Escape, Enrique Iglesias' second English-language album, the MTV heartthrob distances himself from his Latin dance-pop peers by infusing his music with plaintive guitar flourishes and adventurous vocals more typical of rock balladeers. Iglesias co-wrote every song, and his evolving sound is much closer to matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas than to Ricky Martin, especially on the string-laden smash "Hero" -- which has been embraced as a theme song of sorts for firefighters and police officers, many of whom sacrificed their lives to save others during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. Other tracks take their lead from his dance-floor hit Bailamos, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
On Escape, Enrique Iglesias' second English-language album, the MTV heartthrob distances himself from his Latin dance-pop peers by infusing his music with plaintive guitar flourishes and adventurous vocals more typical of rock balladeers. Iglesias co-wrote every song, and his evolving sound is much closer to matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas than to Ricky Martin, especially on the string-laden smash "Hero" -- which has been embraced as a theme song of sorts for firefighters and police officers, many of whom sacrificed their lives to save others during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. Other tracks take their lead from his dance-floor hit Bailamos, such as the driving, club-ready title track; the kinky "One Night Stand," with its pulsating beat and synth-accented swooshes; and the Erasure-esque "If the World Crashes Down," which features backing vocals from a gospel choir and an exuberant drum machine rhythm. Iglesias, however, hasn't completely forsaken his roots, and Escape features both English- and Spanish-language versions of three tracks (the title track, "Don't Turn Off the Lights," and "Hero"). By transcending the confines of the Latin pop genre with a mature, rock-infused sound, Iglesias proves his mettle and his staying power.
All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
If money is the great influence, then call Enrique Iglesias the most influential Latin music artist in the world, having sold a record-breaking number of albums over a stretch of several years. With Escape, his sophomore English-language release, he brings the whole Latin Invasion to a screeching halt, or "maybe" a gentle halt, making for an opportune screeching question: Have Latins traded in their musical roots for the American musical dream? When Latin-flavored music came flooding into the United States in the late '90s, it sounded a lot more, well, "Latin" than it sounds these days. Repetition and popularity certainly have something to do with it, and keep in mind that the likes of Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, and Jennifer Lopez have had the benefit of hits from American pop writer heavyweights like Diane Warren, Carl Sturken, and Evan Rogers. Here, however, is an album executive produced by and with every song written with collaborators by Iglesias. The musical result is not exactly consecrated to his native country of Spain, nor his Miami upbringing. Touring with musicians from the bands of Billy Joel, Elton John, and Bruce Springsteen might have shaken loose the rock soul inside of him. Escape is a pop
ock album through and through, and it is also reminiscent of classic pop albums of the 1980s -- short ten original songs, sweet, and wildly catchy. It is not without Spanish flavor, if only for Iglesias' pronunciations and three added Spanish-version tracks; it just has other priorities in mind. Though Iglesias' songs always turn up as remixes and at dance clubs, and though he could just as easily thicken the sound effects to overtake the basic melodies, he remains reserved in sound and lyric. On "One Night Stand," he makes reference to intimate belongings left behind by his "girlfriend." There is such a childlike vulnerability in his voice that listeners get the impression this scenario may not have ever happened to him. While Escape is not excessively stylized, it is meticulously styled in the way great albums are, where surprises are hidden in every corner. The surprises here include hushed female vocals that glide into the choruses most notably on "Don't Turn Off the Lights" and the rippling echoes and vocal distortions that begin on the title track and run like a theme throughout the rest of the album. There are also the natural gifts that he brings, his singing for one, which is both trembling and direct -- he creates anticipation for the moments when he will break the latter syllables of a word into a lilting high note or an unyielding holler. No one will ever blame Iglesias for lack of emotion and, if his music inspires heart tugging, his voice -- always in control even when it sounds on the verge of tears -- is the culprit. He may milk it excessively on a drippy ballad like "Love to See You Cry," but it is perfect for the beautiful "Hero." Elsewhere, driven by guitar strumming and drum rattling, "Maybe" carries the essence of the whole album. The simplicity of the lyrics "Maybe you'll say that you want me, maybe you'll say that you won't" will not earn high points with art appraisers, but the day pop music demands intellect over emotion is the day love songs serve no purpose. Some people have questioned how "Hero," a song about longing for romantic love, was accepted as an anthem for the World Trade Center tragedy. Despite lyrics like "Would you tremble if I touch your lips," it makes sense. At the time of its release, in the wake of war and broken hearts, Iglesias' new album, and indeed the song "Hero," are a reminder that love, no matter how seemingly out of reach, is the conquering force. Maybe the Latin Invasion has ended. Maybe Latin musical roots are now growing in American listeners in the same way American rock has been ingrained into other cultures for years. And maybe that is why Escape is not just an English-language album by a Spanish artist, it is a universal album about love. Love is a greater influence than money and, as Iglesias sings, "In the end, our love mattered."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949314828
  • Catalog Number: 493148
  • Sales rank: 1,109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Escape (3:28)
  2. 2 Don't Turn off the Lights (3:47)
  3. 3 Love to See You Cry (4:07)
  4. 4 Hero (4:24)
  5. 5 I Will Survive (3:43)
  6. 6 Love 4 Fun (3:15)
  7. 7 Maybe (3:14)
  8. 8 One Night Stand (4:11)
  9. 9 She Be the One (3:36)
  10. 10 If the World Crashes Down (4:45)
  11. 11 Escapar (3:28)
  12. 12 No Apagues la Luz (3:48)
  13. 13 Heroe (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Enrique Iglesias Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Jon Secada Background Vocals
James Blackwood Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Niki Haris Background Vocals
Lee Levin Drums
Sylvia Mason Background Vocals
Lester Mendez Keyboards
Barry Paul Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Robin Smith Conductor
Mark Taylor Bass, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals
Dorian Holly Background Vocals
Steve Morales Keyboards, Background Vocals
Adam Phillips Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Andy Blackwood Background Vocals
David Siegel Keyboards
Carlos Paucar Vocals
Paul Barry Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Aaron Fishbein Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Perry Montague-Mason Leader
Sylvia Mason James Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Lester Mendez Producer
Robin Smith String Arrangements
Mark Taylor Producer, String Arrangements
Kara DioGuardi Producer, Vocal Producer
Sebastián Krys Engineer
Enrique Iglesias Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer, Spanish Adaptation
Niall Acott Engineer
Cheín García Spanish Adaptation
Steve Morales Programming, Producer, Vocal Producer
Drew FitzGerald Art Direction
Shane Stoner Engineer
Carlos Paucar Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
Javier Cofiño Groomer
Fabian Marasciullo Engineer
Brandy St. John Groomer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh yeah, Enrique mui bien!

    I bought my first "Enrique" cd today. My 15 year old daughter and I were upstairs being silly, laying on my bed, reading his words. She thinks I've gone mad buying an "Enrique" CD because I'm an almost 40 year old mom. We were listening to "If the World Crashes Down" and I said, "Picture us driving up to up to Lookout Mountain (west of Denver) by the big "M" in your taxi cab yellow-Jetta with red Hawaiian seat covers and listening to Enrique together". She just looked at me and laughed! Fun, Fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Escape is awesome!

    Escape is such a great album! I am a huge Enrique fan, and this album makes me love him even more. Every song is fantastic, especially the Spanish versions of Escape, Don't Turn Off The Lights, and Hero. A must have for every Enrique fan!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Escape is very good

    This is a most excellent value for the money, and best of all for Enrique fans a real treat his most best release yet... every track is a stunning as the rest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A music artist with boundless talent

    The first time I heard Hero was on Television and I did not know who the artist was and searched to find his name. Eveytime I play the album it reveals the talents of an artist who feels the words and music he is singing. The Latino beat and classical orchestration blend with his emotions creating perfect musical entertainment and many hours of enjoyable listening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enrique Blows My Mind with this Album!

    I love this album!! I can't stop listening to it. It takes me on an emotional ride, from love-sick romantic to boogy chic. Every single song is excellent, hard to say that about any album! Heroe (spanish version) makes me cry every single time. Congratulations ENRIQUE and my sincerest THANK YOU for this album, it's a gift to us all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It grows on you, then gets you!

    It is always tricky to follow up your first sensational English crossover CD, but Enrique does it. Although there is nothing here as powerful as Sad Eyes, Be With You, I'm your man, or Rhythm Devine, how could there be? Those songs were accumulated over several years before being packaged in the first CD. On Escape, the blockbusters are Don't turn off the lights, Love to see you cry, One night stand, Hero and, my favorite, Love 4 fun. Listen and have fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST FOR MUSIC LOVERS

    QUE BUENO! ENRIQUE IS A VERY GIFTED SONG WRITER. HIS LYRICS SPEAK TO THE HEART OF A LOT OF PEOPLE. AS A STUDENT IN COSTA RICA, HIS MUSIC HELPS PEOPLE SEE HOW CLOSE THE SPANISH AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE REALLY ARE. I ONLY WISH THAT I COULD WRITE LYRICS HALF AS GOOD AS HE CAN! GOD BLESS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SEXY VOICE, OUT OF THIS WORLD LYRICS, HANDSOME MAN, What more could you ask for?~!~?~!

    Enrique Iglesias's album ''Escape'' is fantastic. His sound and lyrics are so moving, they bring chills to your body. You can hear him sing the song from the heart and soul, not like just from the voice like some other singers out there. This album definitely catches your attention w/ the sexy songs and lyrics!!!! I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's a hero

    Great effort. If you liked his last album you'll love this one. ''Leave the lights on'' had me dancing the first time through and was even better when sung in Spanish.

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