His first solo album since 2011, Ricky Martin brings us more of the spice, sex, and sensuality that we love. Martin and producer Julio Reyes Copello, who has worked with Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Nelly Furtado, present an album where the quality and emotion of each song shows through, even breaking the language barrier for this reviewer. Martin’s dance numbers like “Adiós” (“Goodbye”) and “La mordidita” (“The Little Bite”) get in under your skin and make you want to move, and ballads like “Disparo al corazón” (“Shot to the Heart”) and “Perdóname” (“Pardon Me”) dive into Martin’s emotions. And while “Isla Bella” (“Beautiful Island”) and “Náufrago” (“Cast Away”) are almost begging for a margarita and a beach, “Mátame otra vez” (“Kill Me Again”) and “Cuanto me acuerdo di ti” (“As I Remember You”) are best listened to with a special someone and the lights turned down. A quien quiera escuchar has already topped Billboard’s U.S. Latin charts and is currently available from Sony Music Latin (sonymusiclatin.com). —Bradley Donalson
Bradley Donalson is a frequent contributor to OutSmart magazine.
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