Sex and Love

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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. "Bailando," with Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, is an uptempo groover that melds flamenco-tinged guitars and a cut-time dancefloor strut. The celebratory choruses are balanced by a tender, infectious pop melody and a tropical counter-rhythm. Single "El Perdedor," with Marc Antonio Solís, is an unmistakable ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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. "Bailando," with Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, is an uptempo groover that melds flamenco-tinged guitars and a cut-time dancefloor strut. The celebratory choruses are balanced by a tender, infectious pop melody and a tropical counter-rhythm. Single "El Perdedor," with Marc Antonio Solís, is an unmistakable loverman ballad. Its relatively sparse mix, clipped beat, soloing nylon-string guitars, strings, and keyboards make it one of the set's best tracks, though it's superceded by the transcendent ballad "Me Cuesta Tanto Olvidarte," co-written with Claudia Brant. Its piano, strings, and martial snare drum lend a processional quality to Iglesias' emotionally exposed lyric. Of the groovers, there's the polished club anthem "You and I," followed by the hooky yet overly slick single "Heart Attack." A set highlight lies in the deeply funky soul bachata of "Let Me Be Your Lover," with Pitbull (who also appears, of course, on the floor-stomping, album-opening single "I'm a Freak"). The reggaeton in "There Goes My Baby," with Flo Rida, is pure pop candy, while "Noche y de Dia" with Juan Magán and Yandel is a four-on-the-floor tropical club jam -- complete with loads of Auto-Tune. There are two versions of "Loco" here. The single with Romeo Santos is silky smooth with tropical rhythms underneath electric guitars, programmed beats, and those two -- perhaps overly -- seductive voices. The latter version features Andalusian singer India Martínez. It's more spacious, natural, and passionate. Iglesias lets her beautifully grainy flamenco voice shine through to meet his in an unforced duet. Rolling hand drums, strummed guitars, an electric six-string solo, and a bassline are all that populate its mix. Though Sex and Love tries hard to walk the tightrope between the personas displayed on Iglesias' two previous outings, he leans more to the club side here. Your feelings about the album will depend on which side of the divide you lean toward.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2014
  • Label: Universal Latino
  • UPC: 602537745241
  • Catalog Number: 2025102
  • Sales rank: 5,817

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm a Freak - Pitbull (3:39)
  2. 2 There Goes My Baby - Flo Rida (3:18)
  3. 3 Bailando - Descember Bueno (4:03)
  4. 4 El Perdedor - Marco Antonio Solís (3:11)
  5. 5 Loco - Romeo Santos (3:33)
  6. 6 Let Me Be Your Lover - Pitbull (3:58)
  7. 7 You and I (3:05)
  8. 8 Heart Attack (2:50)
  9. 9 Me Cuesta Tanto Olvidarte (3:34)
  10. 10 Noche Y De Dia - Juan Magán (3:42)
  11. 11 Loco - India Martínez (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Enrique Iglesias Primary Artist
Manny López Acoustic Guitar
Van Romaine Snare Drums
Ramon Stagnaro Acoustic Guitar
Richard Bravo Percussion
Dante Rivera Bass
Rob Clores Piano
Guillermo Frias Bongos
Joaquin Diaz Keyboards
David Cabrera Guitar
Carlos Paucar Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Pedro Alfonso Violin, Viola
Konstantin Litvinenko Cello
Pablo DeLa Loza Keyboards
Marty James Background Vocals
Esther Fortune Background Vocals
Rickard Goransson Guitar, Background Vocals
Enrique Terrero Guira
DJ Frank E Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Rome Ramirez Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Niles Hollowell-Dhar Background Vocals
Jesusin Cruz Guitar
Alex "Chichi" Caba Guitar
Technical Credits
Claudia Brant Composer
Enrique Iglesias Composer
Benny Faccone Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Ivan Chevere Engineer
Drew FitzGerald Art Direction
David Cabrera Arranger
Carlos Paucar Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
John Hanes Engineer
Carlos Bedoya Engineer
Bruno Canale Guitar Engineer
Marc Lee Engineer
The Cataracs Producer
Marty James Composer
Rickard Goransson Composer, Producer
Ramon 'El Ingeniero' Casillas Composer, Programming
Roberto "Tito" Vazquez Engineer
DJ Frank E Programming, Producer
Romeo Santos Producer
Alexander Delgado Composer
Rome Ramirez Composer
Justin Franks Composer
Aya Merrill Mastering
Christian Ramos Composer
Niles Hollowell-Dhar Composer
Delbert Bowers Composer
William Omar Landron Composer
Randy Malcom Martinez Amey Composer
Armando Pérez Composer
Tramer Dillard Composer
Markel Barsagaz Engineer
Descember Bueno Composer
Brady Wiggins Programming
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