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Genres: Pop, Latin Music
Ricky Martin's self-titled solo debut finds the former Menudo star working the same basic mix of styles that would support his worldwide breakout in 1999. Upbeat radio-ready numbers such as "Dime Que Me Quieres (Bring a Li... more »
Ricky Martin's self-titled solo debut finds the former Menudo star working the same basic mix of styles that would support his worldwide breakout in 1999. Upbeat radio-ready numbers such as "Dime Que Me Quieres (Bring a Little Lovin)" and "Juego de Ajedrez" reveal a strong Elton John influence, while the ballad "Fuego Contra Fuego" might have come from the soundtrack of a Spanish-language version of Dirty Dancing. Though more "Latin" than the multiplatinum seller that shares its name, this Ricky Martin is the work of a singer who already aimed to unite two audiences. --Rickey Wright
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Latin Bubblegum Pop at it's best!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since this is Ricky Martin's first solo album since his departure from Menudo, it's easy to understand why it's full of Bubblegum tunes. But what a GREAT sugar high you get!!!This album was released shortly after Mr. Martin made it big in Latin TV, after his appearance in the Teen soap Alcanzar Una Estrella II. This was his first big break into the spotlight as a solo artist, and he hasn't let go since then.The album serves up one happy hook after another. It gives you some great music to drive to, or to listen to while at the beach in Luquillo (that's an excellent beach in P.R.).It was hard for me to pick a few of the songs I liked from this album. Being forced to pick, I would have to choose: "Fuego Contra Fuego", "Juego De Ajedrez", & "El Amor De Mi Vida"."
An essential disc for Ricky Martin fans
Michael J. Mazza | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 12/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ricky Martin had enjoyed a lengthy career as a multimedia performer before the "Latin explosion" of 1999 turned on millions of new fans. If you're one of those new fans, check out his Spanish-language debut album, "Ricky Martin." Yes, it's the same title as his 1999 English-language debut--some record executive must be trying to confuse the fans!This album establishes a formula that has been very successful: a mix of ballads and faster-tempo songs. Because this is an early album, I get the sense that Ricky is still finding his identity as a solo performer. Some of the fast tracks strike me as a little flat. But on the ballads Ricky really comes alive, showing the emotional commitment that makes him a compelling vocalist. Standout tracks include "Fuego contra fuego," "Corazon entre nubes," and "El amor de mi vida."Ricky was not yet an international megastar when this album was released, but "Ricky Martin" is clearly a taste of a bright future. This is an essential disc for Martin fans, and for Latin pop fans in general."
A Very Diverse Debut
Cristina Crites | San Juan | 03/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As this was Ricky's first solo album, it is quite impressive when one hears the diversity of his music. Some tracks take you back to the Menudo days, (we can all be embarressed by those), and also tracks like "Fuego Contra Fuego" and "Vuelo" are wonderful slower songs. But my personal favourite is "Susana". Everytime I hear that, it puts me in a good mood. Wonderfully done album."