If you’re like me and many other people around the world, the lyrics of Enrique Iglesias are on your tongue. Now, for the first time, an Iglesias record features bilingual lyrics with the release of his new album Euphoria, which features both English and Spanish songs.
While I’m very surprised after nine studio albums that this is Iglesias’s first bilingual record, I’m even more surprised that this US album is more than half Spanish while the UK version contains only two Spanish songs.
Unfortunately, I, unlike 450 million people across the world, do not speak Spanish. But that doesn’t mean that I was not able to enjoy this album. However, I probably would not have purchased an album with the majority of a language I do not speak.
Not only is Enrique Iglesias at it again, but this time he’s mixing it up with the oh-so-popular Auto-Tune. If you live on the planet Earth and listen to popular radio, you’ve heard “I Like It.” It hit #4 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and also made it to #1 on the Billboard Hot/Dance Club Play chart. This gave Iglesias his 24th single at #1 on Billboard. This second single from the record features Reggaeton rapper Pitbull and also has a Jersey Shore remix and video featuring the hit MTV show’s cast members.
Along with Pitbull, Iglesias’s songs also feature Pop, Hip-Hop, and R&B stars Akon, Usher, and Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussy Cat Dolls.
It seems like Euphoria’s Spanish songs are more mellow and typical of the Enrique Iglesias style, while the English songs have a variety of styles, including a Jason Mraz feel with “One Day at a Time,” Auto-Tunes as I previously mentioned, techno and even a slow pop song. It’s definitely got something for everyone packed into one 10-song album.
With all of the #1 digital download honors and Billboard rankings, Euphoria definitely has a place in today’s music. Though the album itself may not be cohesive or speak to those who can’t understand the Spanish language, the singles themselves can stand up on their own. So while I may not recommend everyone purchasing the album as a whole, I would definitely encourage people to check out his singles and download them legally.