Enrique Iglesias is back with his new album Insomniac after a three year absence from the music scene. Uncharacteristically to the name of the album Insomniac is anything but a sleeper with most tracks being uptempo. The stand out tracks are bunched together in the begining -- but as a cohesive unit, Insominiac is a hit and miss.
The album begins with the melodic spell bounding Ring My Bells. The track starts off slow and hesitates adding layers upon layers of snyths, 808s, strings, Lil' Jonesque flutes, and female backing vocals as it continues. Ring My Bells is followed by the hyper snyth heavy hip-hop inspired club track Push which features two lengthy verses from the self proclaimed Best Rapper Alive, Lil' Wayne. Both songs keep the party sound of Insomniac going.
Other album highlights include the sugary first single with a sample of Ping Pong balls Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song), the sexual innuendo ridden On Top of You, the unexpected but startling good Ringside cover of Tired Of Being Sorry.
The latter song is an unexpected cover of the indie pop band Ringside's 2005 moderate hit. Enrique's version of is glossier and fits his vocals better -- the vocals of Ringside's version get lost in the production.
If it weren't for the sappy ballads that weigh Insomniac down this album would be far more enjoyable but Enrique's obviously on the right track and has created enjoyable tracks great fo blasting driving around Miami with the top down.
Download: "Ring My Bells" "Push" "Tired Of Being Sorry"