Mended

Mended

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by Marc Anthony
     
 

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"Mended" is right -- with his second English-language album, part-time salsa star Marc Anthony fine-tunes his Latin pop formula, joining the fiery vocal presence of his Spanish-language hits with the street-smarter R&B of his debut. Pop fans found plenty to like in Marc Anthony, but salsa fans knew the Nuyorican crooner could do

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"Mended" is right -- with his second English-language album, part-time salsa star Marc Anthony fine-tunes his Latin pop formula, joining the fiery vocal presence of his Spanish-language hits with the street-smarter R&B of his debut. Pop fans found plenty to like in Marc Anthony, but salsa fans knew the Nuyorican crooner could do better. So he does on Mended, reversing his debut's ratio of acoustic-guitar kissed ballads to harder-edged material, such as the winning "Tragedy," a kissing cousin to his previous hit "I Need to Know," filtered through Bon Jovi stadium pop. It's not the only bit of déjà vu listeners may feel -- "I've Got You" raises the shade of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love," of all things, and opener "Love Won't Get Any Better" might be a rewrite of Madonna's "La Isla Bonita." The Latin-pop signifiers of acoustic guitar, R&B beats, and occasional timbales roll feel like theme and variations after a while, but Marc's energy level more than makes the difference -- and his solid partnership with producers/songwriters Dan Shea and Cory Rooney (Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion) is a rarity in the studio-swapping world of urban pop. The end result is that anyone hooked by the album's strongest cuts will find more of the same inside -- with boosted Timbaland beats on "Give Me a Reason" or pumped-up guitar on "Don't Tell Me It's Love." Marc doesn't even indulge his Air Supply fetish until the last track, the throwback "Everything I Do." For that alone, fans torn up about their hero's weakness for the sappy stuff should feel Mended indeed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
After several release date shuffles, Marc Anthony issued his sophomore English-language set, Mended, in 2002, shortly after issuing Libre, another excellent Spanish-language salsa album. (Note that both album covers are from the same photo shoot.) Mended delivers more of Anthony's passionate, urgent songs of love and betrayal, destined for mass consumption, which is what his English-speaking fans have been clamoring for. Shining moments include the fiery and exotic single "I've Got You," which also closes off the album as the Spanish-language track "Te Tengo Aquí," the sexy, mid-tempo "Love Won't Get Any Better," and the album's true highlight, the gutsy, electric, and relentless "Tragedy." That song, incidentally, was slated to be the album's first single, and had begun receiving radio play in the U.S., but was pulled after the events of September 11th. Despite these surefire hits, the album is weighted down by quite a bit of unremarkable material, including "I Reach for You" and "Give Me a Reason," the latter of which seems borderline listless. And the ballads -- oh, the melodrama! None of the many ballads come close to the soaring heights of "You Sang to Me," the closest of which, "I Wanna Be Free," still doesn't match the beauty of that earlier hit. The lyrics are gooey, and the songs seem quite middle of the road, although "Everything You Do," which could have easily come off as pure schlock, winds up being quite likable. So, despite some remarkable moments and Anthony's always excellent singing, the almost too exquisitely produced Mended seems somewhat anticlimactic, which is a shame, considering the breadth of Marc Anthony's undeniable talent.
Vibe - Ernesto Lechner
After another detour into salsa with last year's adequately fiery Libre, [Marc Anthony] returns to the format that suits him best: the R&B blockbuster. A sensible choice, since Mended is the most satisfying album of his career.
Billboard
An absolutely gorgeous collection that confirms his position as one of this generation's great male vocalists.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998530027
catalogNumber:
85300

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Anthony   Primary Artist
Rene Toledo   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Russell   Bass Guitar
Bobby Allende   Percussion
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Jodi Burnett   Celli
Darius Campo   Violin
Carole Castillo   Viola
Larry Corbett   Celli
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Celli
Armen Ksadjikian   Celli
Eric Kupper   Guitar,Keyboards
Miguel Martinez   Celli
Chieli Minucci   Guitar
Simon Oswell   Viola
Wendy Pederson   Background Vocals
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Barbara Porter   Violin
Dan Shea   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
David Stenske   Viola
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Mihail Zinovyev   Viola,Celli
John Scanlon   Viola
Kara DioGuardi   Background Vocals
Raul Midón   Background Vocals
Lesa Terry   Violin
Michael Hart Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Nicole Bush   Violin
Corey Rooney   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Juan Gonzalez   Piano,Keyboards
David Dominguez   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Erben Perez   Bass
Shelene Thomas   Background Vocals
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Andy Abad   Guitar
Gil Romero   Violin
Keith Greene   Viola
Olivia Tsui   Violin
Gizelle D'Cole   Background Vocals
Kathleen Robertson   Violin
Frances Moore   Violin
Marc Sazar   Violin
Vahe Hayrikyan   Celli
Michele Richards   Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Phillip Levy   Violin
Karen Jones   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Ralph Morrison   Violin

Technical Credits

Marc Anthony   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Eric Kupper   drum programming
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Dan Shea   Producer,drum programming
Rick Wake   Arranger,Producer
William Ross   String Arrangements
Robbie Williams   Engineer
Corey Rooney   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Ron Jaramillo   Art Direction
Gustavo Celis   Engineer
Richie Jones   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
David Swope   Engineer
Steve Morales   Programming,Producer
José R. Sanchez   Engineer
Jeff Taylor   Remixing
Bigram Zayas   Executive Producer

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Mended 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marc Anthony is about to blow it up; again. The lead single ''I Got You'' is rich in Anthony vocals and heart.It delivers; yeah.His vocals continue to be smooth, his arrangements pay attention to his Latin heritage without forgetting the urban following he has. Get this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marc Anthony has succeeded in recording yet another hit album. His songs manage to capture the listener and not let go. The lyrics are amazing and there is a song for everyone with all kinds of tastes. A beautifully made record.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marc Anthony does again, but better! This CD is amazing. A much happier vibe than his last English-language CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got this CD and love it! Let's be honest, some song titles and lyrics are so sappy they make me cringe, but the overall effort is terrific. I Need You is sweet, but the chorus repeats just one too many times at the end, as in You Sang To Me, from Marc's last English album. I especially enjoy I've Got You, Tragedy, Don't Tell Me It's Love and I Wanna Be Free; those tracks all have a great beat to them. And of course, there's no other male vocalists like Marc! His voice is amazing... I look forward to seeing him on tour this summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's just beautiful music, and the ways Marc Anthony uses his voice to sing the lyrics to it, ''mended'' me and swept me off my feet. Just goes to show that he's world class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The previous English Marc Anthony album is one of my all time favorite CDs. This one is another great effort. It takes a few listens and then the songs become familiar and thoroughly enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pure Marc Anthony. A perfect blend of Latin and pop with Marc's smooth vocals. A great disc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have listened and have all of his CD's but this one is a must have. His voice & this CD is truly amazing!! Every single song in this CD touches your soul. His songs and music capture all listeners, so if you think its only Salsa, trust me, its not. Its a beautiful recording and better then his last English recording. My favorites are Tragedy, Don't Tell me Its Love, & Everythign You Do. He says everythign a man really wants to say but can't say. And his voice, there is no other male singer like Marc!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
U R THE BEST,I LOVE UR MUSIC,THANKS 4 REPRESENT OUR PEOPLE,ALL PUERTO RICO IS WITH U MARC!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this new album more than the last (didn't think that would happen!). ''edgier'' than his last CD. liked every single song. has the beautiful latin sound that doesn't alienate any listener! put it in my player, hit repeat and listened to it at work all day long! what a voice! not a lot of male voices like his! come to canada marc!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This man and his music are like wine they improve with time!!! The more time passes this man comes back with even stronger and more passionate with his music. It will amaze you each time you listen to this CD and captivate you in every way possible. God Bless this Marc Anthony and his talent. He is a Genius!!! Keep it coming Marc!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was waiting eagerly for the album to come out after seeing the video of the first single-Tragedy.Now that the album is finally out,I was expecting something better, but Mended turned to be an excellent album. The songs were instantly likeable. My favourites include Love Wont Get Any Betta, She Mends Me, Dont Tell Me It's Love..well I could go on but instead the rest of you guys should head out and get the album. It's soothing, sexy and heart-warming songs that you cant get enough of. If Marc is reading this, congratulations on a great album and the new baby!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Marc Anthony songs and he is sexy. B&N has free shipping. Would be delievered on the same day if I lived in Manhattan. One day delievery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is just awesome again Marc Anthony races his big voice to the highest note he is awesome the best male singer artist of our time with another great singer Josh Groban. Marc Anthony is the male diva he is like Celine Dion &Barbra Streisand of male singers so is Josh Groban it is very hard to chose between them because they both sounds incredible. Mended is beautiful album i think it is similar as his first one and he collaborated with Cory Rooney,Dan Shea,Ric Wake and Kara dioguardi on this second english album. I Can´t wait for his next one Marc is the best male singer ever he rules this planet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi! I am a vet student in St. Kitts and I left home to attend school in December of 2002. I was only told to bring my essentials but when I decided to leave all my cd's at home, I began to realize what a mistake I made when I left this cd at home! This is an OUTSTANDING piece of work and Anthony's voice sounds like an angel's. I can't wait to come home in 4 weeks to hear his voice once more. Any word on a new album??