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The Problem With.. Enrique Iglesias' "I Like It"


Here we go again: Another star from a decade ago is making a come back this summer, armed with the beats of today and processed robot vocals--and, yet, it's

another

song that isn't about robots!

Enrique Iglesias was a big part of the the late '90s "Latin Explosion" phenomenon. Surely, you remember him: He was the one who looked good, but couldn't sing at all?

Last I remember of Enrique was the tear-jerker single "Hero." He hasn't done much of note since, except for "Escape" in '03. Oh, and Anna Kournikova.

His latest single, "I Like It," includes those industrial-influenced beats by RedOne and even a guest spot from Pitbull, who once punched an audience member for throwing money at him.

(You see, folks, live audiences can throw shit at a performer with impunity. All performers can do-without getting the police on them-is threaten to leave the stage. I feel that. But money? That's a sweet deal, and I wouldn't care if someone threw that at me, even if just to make some spiteful stripper joke.)

Anyway, the track starts with Enrique yelling out "One Love!," a phrase one hears from hippies nowadays, and usually as a goodbye. I was ready to check out when he said it, but apparently there was a whole song to go through afterward--a whole song featuring over-produced vocals and entire lines of interjections.

Uh-oh!

A part of this track even samples a line out of Lionel Richie's "All Night Long". Why it's there at all, I have no idea. Maybe the video can explain? Not really: It just shows Enrique balancing Matrix-style on a couch (was Richie's "Dancing on the Ceiling" an inspiration?) around good-looking women. And then there's an impromptu pillow fight with good-looking women, to boot.

Sounds a bit like a dream I had once... but for some reason, I couldn't turn off the sink. Why!?!?!?!

But I digress. Back, one last time, to the song and how I feel about it. In short: No me gusta.

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