The second English release from “Bailamos”-crooning Latin sensation Enrique Iglesias, Escape, is a much more focused album in every aspect. 1999’s Enrique brought the Latin star to the English language, but this CD will keep him in our heads and in rotation. While humble Iglesias likes the fame and privileges that have come with his international success, he pleads that we don’t refer to him in context of a ì”atin Lover” (“I hate it; it’s tacky and embarrassing”) and also that we have a good time while enjoying his music. With tracks like “Don’t Turn Off the Lights,” “Love to See You Cry,” “She Be the One” and the Spanish version of “Hero” (“Heroe”), it’s pretty easy to keep your spirits up. This is an album that has to be repeated a few times in full before you make a decision on its value to your collection, and soon, you feel as if you were born knowing the words to these songs you’ve heard only a few times. It’s pop enough to be American and Iglesias adds a voice so sultry and ethnic that it’s spicy enough to be Latino. A well-rounded second album, and any fan will be delighted even though his style has gone through some changes. It’s oddly addictive.
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