CD Interscope Records, 1788453, 2008, 18 Track
The child of a legendary singer is always going to have trouble breaking free of his parent's shadow, but in the nine years since Enrique Iglesias first unleashed his brand of Latin love on the UK audience he's done just that. Now releasing a Greatest Hits, it's a reminder of just how many brilliant pop singles he's had - with a huge #1, duets with the likes of Kelis, Whitney Houston and Ciara and the unforgettable time he decided the only thing missing was the sound of a ping pong ball.
The sultry Bailamos first introduced Enrique to us way back in 1998, fitting right into the Ricky Martin/Geri-doing-Spanish, latino sound then filling the charts. Soundtracking many a steamy night for teenagers, it still sounds just as perfect today as it did back then. After a three year gap Enrique returned with the epic Hero crooning his way to #1. This followed with debut UK album, Escape, becoming one of the biggest sellers of 2002 with the title track and the amusingly titled Love To See You Cry charting high.
Our favourite Enrique period though must be the recent Insomniac years launched with those ping pong noises on the hilarious Do You Know, proving that he didn't take himself too seriously, as well as the epic Tired of Being Sorry. Of course, muddled in somewhere along the tracklisting must be some new songs. Both duets, he teams up with up and coming urban star Sean Garratt for the moody Away, and capitalises on Ne*yo & Rihanna's European style dance pop on the funky Takin' Back My Love with Ciara.
The perfect album to stick in your car and sing along to when you think no one is looking (just try and resist belting out Whitney's part on Could I Have This Kiss Forever), Enrique's Greatest Hits is one of the silliest and best albums of its type for a long time. --Talia Kraines
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