by: Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias' first Spanish-language album in several years doesn't depart from the usual approach for Latin audiences: emotion-drenched, ballad-driven fare that harks back to American pop formats of the '80s. It is quite a departure from the previous year's Escape, however, which flattered English listeners (and, largely, the American audience) with rangy material and a roster of studio-driven arrangements. Quizás has all the hallmarks of Latin fare; only two songs ("Mamacita," "Pienso en Tí") are even close to up-tempo songs, and the rest have similar arrangements, synthetic production, and a similarly inconsolable Iglesias pouring his heart out, whether the title is "Tres Palabras" or "La Chica de Ayer." The title track is less maudlin, with soft piano and evocative strings, but for those (especially non-Spanish speakers) looking for a bit more from Enrique Iglesias, the wait continues. ~ John Bush

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