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Insomniac - Enrique Iglesias

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Genre: World Music - Cuban & Latin / Artist: Enrique Iglesias / Audio CD released 2007-06-18 at Polydor Group

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      16.02.2009 20:24
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      Rousing pop

      Enrique is one of those singers who seems to appear then disappear for ages, he has notched up quite a few big hits in his short career though. This is his latest album and is quite an appealing listen.

      Who is he:

      Spanish singer, son of legendary Julio. Enrique has dabbled in modelling and acting, but found his niche as a singer.

      On this album:

      The insanely catchy 'Ping Pong Song' was the lead track. So called because of the ping pong sound effect which runs throughout it. It is an outright pop track, finding him on good form. I would suggest the track could have been trimmed by about twenty seconds though, the chorus plays through too many times at the end! I really enjoyed 'Tired Of Being Sorry' which gives Enrique a chance to belt out a powerful set of vocals over a guitar/synth melody. It is a song which is crammed to the hilt with energy and has a brilliant chorus.

      Highlights:

      He started experimenting with different genres here, check out the teaming up with Lil Wayne for the sly and sexy 'Push'. But he still stays true to form, turning in a formidable ballad in the form of 'Somebody's Me.' I love the way his voice seems to quiver on some words and he injects this sexual breathiness into the songs. It makes me go quite tingly inside.

      Poorer Moments:

      As the album progresses he throws in a few Spanish numbers, these are fine yet one feels the album was full enough as it was and they don't seem to sit with the rest of the flavour of the album.

      Overall:

      Tracks with bite, edgy vocals and more of what we have come to love from the man

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      02.08.2008 00:29

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      a good modern album that sounds great whatever your doing

      Insomniac by enrique iglesias is a much better album than the previous album escape.

      Named after the fact that he has trouble sleeping this by the liner notes seems a hard working hard labour of love. there are 4 great songs on this album and others which are just as good which make it worthwhile buying.
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      enrique has a knack for singing mid tempo yet upbeat ballads that just sound great. there is the usual slow ballads that he like he's father julio is know for. almost all of this album is very good there are a few ok songs as it it is quite long but there are also songs that make you feel good songs that you can just play without being overwhelmed or feeling like you need to skip a track.
      this can be played in any situation its modern with modern beats well sung and commercial.
      a fine album by a underated singer.
      it includes the hit singles tired of being sorry and somebodys me, also the hit do you know.

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      18.03.2008 15:43
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      Bedtime ballads and sultry seductive songs

      If somebody had told me that I would find myself listening to an album by Enrique Iglesias, I'd have laughed at them, let alone that I'd subsequently find myself writing a review of it. But it's a funny old world, and here we are.

      Enrique Iglesias, son of famous Spanish crooner Julio, is a bit of a phenomenon. Recording music in both his native Spanish and English, it was in the former music market that his career originally took off. In the late 1990s, the singer's appeal started to crossover into the mainstream music market but in 2001 he hit the big time, with the hugely successful ballad "Hero". Reaching number one in the UK, Hero was almost certainly responsible for more minor burns than any other such record, as millions and millions of concertgoers reached for their cigarette lighters to hold aloft mid-song. Iglesias was almost eclipsed by his own success and, commercially at least, has struggled to repeat the success of that year.

      Insomniac is Enrique's eighth studio album and marks a small departure from previous albums for the singer, moving towards a more contemporary sound, as opposed to his traditional Latin influences. Like previous albums, however, it remains a strangely seductive package, the combination of soulful melodies and mid-tempo beats working in harmony with the singer's haunting vocals and obvious sex appeal, to great effect.

      The album's safer, Latin-tinged songs generally work very well. Somebody's Me is almost certainly the album's standout song, a powerful, lighter-waving ballad that comes straight from the same machine that produced Hero. It's hard not to be intoxicated by the sound and for anybody who has ever felt the pain of a failed relationship it almost certainly hits a nerve. (A Spanish language version is also included, but really doesn't work for an English-speaking audience.) Tired of Being Sorry is more up-tempo, but equally appealing, mixing Latin instruments with a more contemporary pop song. Ring My Bell (the album's opening track) takes some listening to but has a growing appeal, even within the track's running time, as the vocals gain momentum.

      The Urban influences work well with the singer's vocal style. Push, featuring rapper Lil' Wayne, is a strong, commercial track that could be one of hundreds of similarly radio-friendly tunes. On Top of You is perhaps less commercial in sound, but rather more seductive, with a lyrical intent that's likely to drive most of his listeners mad. On Miss You, the sound shifts to something not unlike Shakira, but in spite of the likeable instrumental effects, the tired vocal soon becomes rather clichéd.

      More commercial styles come to the fore in Do You Know (the Ping Pong Song), which enjoyed good chart success here, in spite of the ridiculous title. The album features both an English and Spanish language version, and the ping-pong sound effects remains curiously enticing. The bitter vocal whilst unlikely ever to apply to someone like Iglesias, remains at the heart of the song's appeal. Wish I Was Your Lover (a sentiment shared by millions of Iglesias fans) has a gorgeously breathy vocal that creates the most seductive sound on the album, by far. Other tracks are less successful. Stay Here Tonight and Sweet Isabel are likeable enough, but the Kelly Clarkson soft rock / pop style doesn't really match Enrique's voice. Don't You Forget About Me wants to be another Hero, but is rather strained and has little lasting effect. Little girl is a sort of lullaby, which certainly boasts a heartfelt vocal but is ultimately a bit naff.

      Insomniac is a gentle, chilled out album that is at its most effective when the mood warrants it. Emotive of warm summer evenings, this isn't really an album to share with friends and is likely to have a more personal appeal. I find it immensely soothing to listen to on long journeys or at the end of long days when, curiously enough, it can soothe me to sleep. For most of Enrique's fans, it's hard to deny the singer's appeal to do just that, vocally or otherwise. It would have been nice to see a more daring Enrique, however, with his forays into the urban scene suggesting the most potential.

      Recommended.

      The album is arranged across fifteen standard tracks, with two additional tracks for the European download market. However, the three Spanish-language versions are unnecessary (and really quite unwelcome) and feel like padding here, The inclusion of dance remixes of Hero and Not In Love (previous commercial successes from earlier albums) are a nice bonus but a stark reminder of the need to persuade European buyers to go for this album rather more vigorously than their Latin American equivalents.

      Expect to pay around £8 for the album, either electronically on iTunes or in physical format.

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        07.08.2007 14:46
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        Enrique is my favourite artist at the moment, because of this fab album

        Enrique Iglesias- Insomniac

        Tracks:
        Ring My Bells
        Push
        Do You Know
        Somebody’s Me
        On Top Of You
        Tired Of Being Sorry
        Miss You
        Wish I Was Your Lover
        Little Girl
        Stay Here Tonight
        Sweet Isabel
        Don’t You Forget About Me
        Hero
        Not In Love
        SPANISH SONGS!!!

        Review:
        I absolutely love this album so much. It is already one of my favourites this year. Unlike many, I haven’t heard Enrique’s older songs, but this album makes me feel as if I’m missing out. Like many I listen to, this is a very emotional album. But this is definitely good. And for the first time in a long time, I have to say that all the songs on this album are exceptionally good. I was recently rating all the music I have, and I found that all the songs in this album I gave a 9 or 10 out of 10 to. It is almost NeYo type music or Justin Timberlake, but whatever it is it is great. I am a big fan of Enrique now. Especially after the Ping Pong Song. Why it is called that I do not know, but it is one of the best songs I have heard. The whole album is full of such greatly worded songs, I do not know how to explain it.
        Some people I have talked to say this album is average. Rubbish. This album is worth every penny of what you buy it for. ‘Somebody’s Me’ is my joint favourite track with ‘Do You Know’. Just the emotion into this album deserves a good review. The singing is nice and smooth. The only slight downer on this album is the lack of variety, but then again, I’m not complaining! But that problem isn’t bad; it actually helps the album flow. And you can listen to it all at once, crying but not sleeping!!!

        This really is the best album I have up to date bar Justin’s FutureSex/LoveSound.

        It is worth a listen.

        DON’T BLAME ME IF YOU LIKE ENRIQUE AFTER LISTENING TO THIS!

        Exceptional album…I hope for more from Enrique!

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Ring My Bells
        2 Push - Enrique Iglesias, Lil Wayne
        3 Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)
        4 Somebody's Me
        5 On Top Of You
        6 Tired Of Being Sorry
        7 Miss You
        8 Wish I Was Your Lover
        9 Little Girl
        10 Stay Here Tonight
        11 Sweet Isabel
        12 Don't You Forget About Me
        13 Dímelo
        14 Alguien Soy Yo
        15 Amigo Vulnerable
        16 Hero
        17 Not In Love - Enrique Iglesias, Kelis