Sex & Love [Deluxe Edition]

Sex & Love [Deluxe Edition]

by Enrique Iglesias

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Sex & Love [Deluxe Edition]

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clipped beat, soloing nylon-string guitars, strings, and keyboards make it one of the set's best tracks, though it's superceded by the transcendent ballad "Me Cuesta Tanto Olvidarte," co-written with Claudia Brant.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. [A Deluxe Edition added a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602537761319
catalogNumber: 1161724

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Enrique Iglesias   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Manny López   Acoustic Guitar
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar
Andy Wallace   Piano
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Rob Clores   Piano
Jacob Luttrell   Background Vocals
Carlos Paucar   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Pedro Alfonso   Violin,Viola
Konstantin Litvinenko   Cello
Pablo DeLa Loza   Keyboards
Marty James   Background Vocals
Sam Preston   Guitar
Rickard Goransson   Background Vocals
Mark Taylor   Keyboards
DJ Frank E   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Rome Ramirez   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Alex Smith   Keyboards
Adam Baptiste   Background Vocals
Niles Hollowell-Dhar   Background Vocals
Yoan "Odd Fellow" Chirescu   Guitar
Adriana Barbe   Contrabass (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Ren Swan   Engineer
Enrique Iglesias   Composer
Benny Faccone   Engineer
Fabian Lenssen   Composer
James Slater   Composer
Alex P   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation,Vocal Editing
Drew FitzGerald   Art Direction
Jacob Luttrell   Composer
Carlos Paucar   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Recording Producer
John Hanes   Engineer
Jimmy Gonzales   Engineer
Carlos Bedoya   Engineer
Descemer Bueno   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Bruno Canale   Guitar Engineer
Marc Lee   Engineer
Petros   Composer
Cataracs   Producer
Marty James   Composer
RedOne   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Sandy Vee   Composer,Programming,Producer
Rickard Goransson   Composer,Producer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Tiyon Mack   Composer
Alex Papaconstantinou   Composer
Armando C. Perez   Composer
Mark Taylor   Composer,Programming,Producer
Tramar Dillard   Composer
DJ Frank E   Programming,Producer
Alexander Delgado   Composer
Rome Ramirez   Composer
Bilal "The Chef" Hajji   Composer
Alex Smith   Composer,Programming,Producer
Adam Baptiste   Composer
Justin Franks   Composer
Pierre-Antoine Melki   Composer
Alex Heme Toval   Engineer
J.P. "The Specialist" Negrete   Engineer
Niles Hollowell-Dhar   Composer
Raphael Judrin   Composer
Fadil El Ghoul   Composer
Samuel Preston   Composer
Yoan "Odd Fellow" Chirescu   Composer
Sammy Wisner   Composer
Markel Barsagaz   Engineer
Decemer Bueno   Composer
Randy Malcom Martinez   Composer
Björn Dupström   Composer

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