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Album Review

Sure, he was in Menudo and wrote Ricky Martin's pop-tacular "Living la Vida Loca," but before you go thinking Mad Love is a garish exercise in over the top slickness, consider that Robi Rosa prepared himself for recording the album by driving up and down the West Coast listening to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. Mad Love is a sprawling album and a lot to take in on first listen. Even if it's a bit overstuffed — one more layer could have killed it — Mad Love has a lot of conviction behind it and wading through all the multi-tracked vocals and moody musical landscapes is rewarding. Only sensuality can contain Rosa's wandering spirit, and love and lust are all over the album. Vocally he can sound like a beefy Sting, especially on the yearning "Lie Without a Lover," but he's looser and a beautiful woman can no doubt make him speak in tongues. Swirling, dreamy tunes alternate with spirited rockers ("Heaven Can Wait" is the stomping highlight), and there's a touch of fiery salsa here and there. Van Dyke Parks' string arrangements add to the album's giant sound, and only occasionally does the ambition outweigh the substance. Mad Love is sexy and mysterious, challenging but approachable, and a fascinating listen from the more risky side of pop.

Customer Reviews

My second Fav ever!!

My favorite Robi album was and still is Songbirds and Roosters but this one is my second fav ever! Robi Draco 'El Maestro'.

Best album ever... Love it

Just the best

Mad Love=Wine, Sex, and More sex

I have to say, im a big fan, even though Vagabundo is one my fav, I think Mad Love is 1st on my list. A very romantic, dark album.


Born: June 27, 1969 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Draco Rosa, also known as simply Draco, is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter whose career spans several decades. Born Robert Edward Rosa Suárez on June 27, 1969, in Long Island, New York, he grew up in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico. He began his performance career at a young age, joining the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo in 1984. Then known as Robby Rosa, he made his debut on the band's first English-language album, Reaching Out (1984). He was featured on one of the band's biggest hits, "Sabes a Chocolate,"...
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Mad Love, Robi Draco Rosa
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Mar 02, 2004

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