Sound Bytes: Enrique’s Euphoria is Lost in Translation

Enrique Iglesias
Euphoria
Universal
Released: 7/6/2010

Oh boy, that’s all I can really say here. I am a huge Enrique fan, but listening to Euphoria was not euphoric at all.  The album is a mix between new English and Spanish pop/dance songs.  If I had to grade the album just on the guest list of stars on Euphoria, it would definitely take the grade.  On the other hand, just because artists such as Lionel Richie, Akon, Usher, Nicole Scherzinger, and Juan Luis Guerra grace the album doesn’t mean it’s going to be a good one.
It really irritates me that a couple of the guest artists feel this need to say who they are in the song. It’s just completely unnecessary in my book. I know who Akon , Usher, and Pit Bull are and it’s just tacky that they need to say their name.

Enrique also ventured into new territory by not having the same songs in English and Spanish on the album. He has a tendency to do that on past albums and has executed it very successfully.  Yet, having an album filled with completely new English and Spanish songs was lost in translation with me.  I related to the Spanish songs on past albums because as a non-Spanish speaking person I could sing along, understand, and then relate to the Spanish language songs.   The Spanish songs on Euphoria could be appreciated but not loved for me on this album. They are truly lost in translation.

I was really excited about getting my hands on the album, but the only song that really strummed my chord was this summer’s smash hit “I Like It” featuring Pit Bull. Yes, another guest artist. I feel like an old fuddy duddy because this doesn’t feel like the Enrique I’ve grown to love. I love the pop Enrique and this is the “club dancing” Enrique on Euphoria.

Enrique on the Net:

http://www.enriqueiglesias.com
http://www.myspace.com/enriqueiglesias
http://www.imeem.com/enriqueiglesias
http://www.youtube.com/enriqueiglesiasplay
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=67…
http://www.youtube.com/enriqueiglesiasplay

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