Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin


4.0
excellent

Review

by USER (4 Reviews)
April 20th, 2005 | 70 replies | 26,436 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Ricky Martin (b. December 24, 1971) was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a child, he sang in the choir and performed in school plays. When he was six, he began acting in television commercials. Shortly afterward, he took professional singing and acting lessons, which paved the way for his auditions for Menudo. In 1984, when he was 12 years old, he became a member of Menudo. For the next five years, he was the lead singer of the group, helping them become international sensations. Once he outgrew Menudo in 1989, he went back home to Puerto Rico, where he completed high school.

Following a few months of inactivity, he began to work his way back into the entertainment industry. He returned to Mexico, where he acted on stage for a year before returning to the music industry. In 1991, he released his self-titled debut album. Ricky Martin became a sizable hit on the Latin charts. Two years later, he followed it with Me Amaras, which was an even bigger hit, launching him to superstar status in Latin America.

In 1995, he released his third album, A Medio Vivir, in early 1998, he released his fourth album, Vuelve. His first English pop album, self titled was released in the spring of 1999; it made him an international superstar thanks to blockbuster singles including "Livin' la Vica Loca" and "She's All I Ever Had."

Ricky Martin sure did hit it big with his Self Titled album aimed at the pop-world outside of latin America. Reportedly taking two years to record, the attention to detail evident. Almost every track on this album is made to be a single, with minimal filler tracks that seem to clutter up many modern day pop albums. Nearly every track is crafted to reach a very wide and varied audience, of his traditional Latin audience as well as the American music market.

The album starts off with a bang with Livin' la Vida Loca that raises the energy level, and helps give a glimpse of more to come. The song was evidently designed to make it to #1, with a massive mainstream appeal. However it still manages to keep a Latin flair to it, that is enhanced by Ricky's undeniable charisma.

Spanish Eyes and She's All I Ever Had managed to capture Ricky's exciting Latin persona and blend it with simple pop melody which creates a powerful combination. Although the lyrics in both songs are uninspiring and predictable, both come with an addictive sound that sets apart good pop songs from fillers.

Shake Your Bon-Bon follows a sure-fire mold that aimed at the modern pop audience. Even at just 3:12 minutes long it gets rather repetitive, but entices middle aged house wives around the globe to shake their bon-bon and dream of a Latin love affair.

Ricky and Madonna team up well in the saucy and sexy Be Careful. Their voices compliment each other relatively well, with Ricky singing in an unusually low octave that sounds entirely different to his normal style. The backing track consists of nice soft and subtle sound effects, a nice guitar riff repeated over and over and soft Latin drums that add together for a soft sounding song that manages to avoid the tag of filler track.

I Am Made of You, You Stay With Me and I Count The Minutes however fall into the bland category of filler tracks, that do nothing but hurt the album with their pretentious lyrics and recycled pop song generic that sounds all too familiar. Only Ricky's pizzazz manages to keep these songs from bringing the album as a whole down.

The album returns to a high note with Love You for a Day. With its laughable lyrics, same-old trumpets and routine pattern, it makes for a rather cheesy but enjoyable romp that can still hook in even the most cynical people. The Cup of Life repeats the same formula of Love You for a Day, and one cannot help notice the similarities between the two songs.

Livin' La Vida Loca [Spanish Version] is targeted at Ricky's Latin audience from his past, and will not get many (if any) listens from mainstream listeners. Bella (She's All I Ever Had) likewise shows Ricky has not forgotten about his Latin supporters, and does not do much for the mainstream audience who will not be able to understand the lyrics. Bella is a comparatively good song on the album, that should not be ignored. The melody is rather simple as usual, although contains peculiar Indian sounding strings.

Maria finishes the album much like it started, with a bang. Maria blends in a mix of Latin and English lyrics, showing once again Ricky's multiple audience for the album. It is a fitting finale, and makes you (once again) feel like standing up and shaking your bon-bon, true Latin style.

Overall this mainstream debut for Ricky Martin is rich in quality content from start to finish, and maintains Ricky's Latin styling from the past with an addictive mainstream pop sheen. Although it slips in places, it still manages to stand out above the crowded pop crowd, and spawned many Latin-Pop crossovers like Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony. Ricky's hard work paid off and helped deliver one of the best Pop albums of the late 90's, and sparked many rumors about his sexuality that remain unanswered to this day.


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morrissey2
April 20th 2005



11 Comments


Great review Liberi. Good pop music, I haven't heard the album, just the singles. They were all played to death, but they were good for what they were.

landsdowne
April 20th 2005



2 Comments


you are an idiot. Ricky Martin Sucks and should have been shot for creating this album. Anybody who likes ricky martin in mine, and in 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999992% of the worlds opinion is mentally retarded. Is your last name gump or gimp or schiavo?

I would like to hear any other opinions. :-)


pixiesfanyo
April 20th 2005



1222 Comments


I think "Shake Your Bon Bon" is the best ever.

Med57
Moderator
April 21st 2005



1001 Comments


you are an idiot. Ricky Martin Sucks and should have been shot for creating this album. Anybody who likes ricky martin in mine, and in 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 999992% of the worlds opinion is mentally retarded. Is your last name gump or gimp or schiavo?

I would like to hear any other opinions. :-)



Given how many copies of this album were sold, I think it's pretty safe to say that far more than the number of people that you said did, like this album. Personally I don't, but there's the odd song on here that I enjoy listening to. They're good examples of pop music. Nice review as well, Dan.

Unknown bassist
April 21st 2005



4 Comments


teletubbues got to number 1. Does that mean that that is ggod music that warrants a review on an actual musicians website?

Med57
Moderator
April 21st 2005



1001 Comments


It's a CD, right? This is a CD Reviews website, last time I checked. Therefore what's wrong with reviewing a CD on it? No-one's asking you to like the music...

landsdowne
April 21st 2005



2 Comments


all the people who bought it (yes many did) were thirteen year old girls and William Hung. Nobody but them like Ricky martin. It is not music, it is horseshit. I am not going back to a nonexistent closeminded musical world. In this case, everyone is closeminded. THE GUY (or girl) SUCKS. So A Love Supreme (hardy har har, good name buddy) Can go back to listening to his ricky martin and nsync and the two whores. MED57, i respect you for not being like uncivilized me and explaining the error of my ways like a good guy. That's no joke either. IBML is just a dill who who likes to defend people with names like A LOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEE SUUUUUPPPPRREEEEMMMMMMEEE. But hats off to him for having the balls to call me a prick.

ImmenseVocab
April 21st 2005



1 Comments


Well, I certainly wouldn't have expected a review of "Ricky Martin" from someone with the User Name "A Love Supreme", and I don't really agree with it. I probably would have admitted liking Living La Vida Loca back in 1999, but I don't think it's really aged well, like a lot of momentarily popular songs. But the review's clearly pretty well written... I don't know why people are shitting on it. Probably just for the sake of shitting on it.

lespauladdict8
April 21st 2005



3 Comments


ricks martin sucks balls but great review

lespauladdict8
April 21st 2005



3 Comments


ricky*

Dancin' Man
April 26th 2005



719 Comments


Oh god, it's so catchy it hurts. Just reading this review made me start singing Maria.

Atreyu_LambofGod_666
April 30th 2005



26 Comments


im with lespauladdict8

nice avatar too thanks for letting me steal it

jimay333
October 16th 2005



433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Oh my god someone reviewed this album. Are ppl alowed to be banned for this?

Scott Herren
October 17th 2005



192 Comments


someone please ban this jimay333 clown

BigRoachy
October 17th 2005



50 Comments


Why would someone be banned for reviewing an album of their taste?

innerdark
October 17th 2005



749 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

since when is Ricky Martin music?
good review tho


ReturnToRock
October 20th 2005



3448 Comments


why would anybody be banned for reviewing ANY album? even if it's not of their taste! i don't think Sputnik has become a totalitarian state yet, has it?

Arrakakaka
October 20th 2005



685 Comments


Because jimay333's a prick.This Message Edited On 10.20.05

innerdark
November 24th 2005



749 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

who would
no, wait, we found someone

kolzig33189
November 24th 2005



335 Comments


some of the songs like shake your bon bon are fun to play when people are drunk and watch them try to dance but other than that absolute horrible album



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