Enrique Iglesias, "Euphoria"

88 Billboard Rating

Enrique Iglesias' first almost fully bilingual album, "Euphoria" (the standard version includes six tracks in Spanish and four in English), is a cohesive set within the confines of two languages and a vast array of collaborators. They range from Pitbull in the ubiquitous dance single "I Like It" to Akon in the reggae-tinged "One Day at a Time" to Juan Luis Guerra in the romantic, bachata-laced Spanish lead single, "Cuando Me Enamoro." For production, Iglesias taps longtime collaborator Carlos Pautar and RedOne to deliver an international club sound. Although Iglesias is known in many circles as a crooner, here he jumps into dance with both feet-even "No Me Digas Que No" (featuring Wisin & Yandel) eschews the duo's reggaet├│n in favor of uptempo club beats. Even when Iglesias gets introspective (on the sparse track "Dile Que," sung mostly over acoustic guitar) there is a sweet innocence to the interpretation, and the end result of the song-and the album-feels light, but not superficial. "Euphoria" aims unabashedly for all-out fun, and that's why it works.

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