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Album Review

Marc Anthony was a salsa superstar throughout the '90s, long before the Latin pop explosion of the 1999. Once Ricky Martin ushered in a new era of crossovers that spring with "Livin' La Vida Loca," there was a rush of crossover acts, almost enough to make it seem like Anthony was left behind. After all, his bid for mainstream success as the starring role in Paul Simon's Broadway musical The Capeman was undone as it became one of the Great White Way's most notorious failures. Still, Anthony had his own English-language album in the works. Titled Marc Anthony, the record appeared in the fall of 1999, guaranteeing it a shot at a mass audience, which is exactly what it was designed to do. As a matter of fact, it's almost a bit too calculated, opening with two interchangeable ballads that set the tone for a pleasant, subdued set of Latin-tinged adult contemporary pop. Anthony sings beautifully throughout, but he's never given the opportunity to be truly electric, the way he can be with hot salsa numbers. The liveliest the album gets is the catchy, mid-tempo single "I Need to Know," which is gently danceable, or the mild salsa of "That's Okay," and the Latin dance-pop of "She's Been Good to Me." The rest is almost all pop ballads, perfectly produced and gamely sung by Anthony. Some of these work very well, others simply fade into the slipstream. That's particularly frustrating because Anthony is such a talented singer that it's evident that he's capable of much more than this. Marc Anthony isn't bad for what it is, and a few of its singles are quite good, but it's not at the level of his earlier records, or Martin's crossover bid of 1999, either. [The Australian release contains a bonus track.]

Customer Reviews

Marc's Masterpiece

A good artist...or Great artist..always has a DEFINING ALBUM: the one that stands out from the others. It trandsends time and music. Michael Jackson, for example, had Thriller. "Libre" is the album DEFINING ALBUM in Marc Anthony's musical shelf. It is the Platinum Jewel of his collection. ANY RESPECTED MUSICAL DISCIPLE will be able to recognize and appreciate the manifestation of the distinct latin rhythms that have been masterfully interwoven and orquestrated to produce such exceptional music.

This album is one of the finest I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. His emotion, his voice are so clear and strong that you don't need to understand the words to understand what Marc is trying to convey. Marc forgoes the safety of the more conventional salsa sounds, Libre adds spice and variety while preserving the cultural significance of his music.

All the songs are worthy of the highest praise for their lyrics and musical arragements. Also amazingly enough all are incredibly danceable. I absolutely recommend and Love this album, above all others in Marc's collection because it is the best example of how latin rhythms can be successfully combined while the distinction of each rhythm is still heard.

The genre here is clearly SALSA but there are hints of other latin rhythm woven into this beautiful latin canvas such as: vallenato, cha-cha-cha and other afro-caribbean signatures. Marc Anthony has exercised his musical creativity to his utmost potential and out from this unique talent has produced a musical masterpiece!

te da un buen motivo para....

es de lo mas de interesante. este es un nivel nuevo de musica hispana. se los recomiendo a todos

must have for salsa fans

every song will make you want to put on that sexy dress and heels and dance all night long! I love this album, but lost the cd...I'm glad to have it on my ipod now!


Born: September 16, 1969 in New York, NY

Genre: Música tropical

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

A multi-talented artist, Marc Anthony has balanced an acting career with a musical career. In addition to appearing in films like The Substitute, Big Night, and Hackers, and in Broadway productions such as Paul Simon's The Capeman, Anthony rose to the top level of Latino music. The biggest-selling salsa artist of all time, Anthony was included on a Top Ten list of influential New Yorkers compiled by New York Magazine. Instructed in music theory and composition by his father, Anthony grew up listening...
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