Enrique Iglesias ft. Ciara - 'Taking Back My Love'
If you remember yesterday, we were thinking about how important it is for a singer to put some personality into their voice, and to sing as if they mean the things they are singing about. Gaslight Anthem are one extreme, straining and huffing away about real things just like real folks do. And at the other end of the spectrum is Enrique, a man who, despite sobbing every single line in every single song he ever does, never, ever, ever, ever, sounds like there is any relation between the words he is singing and how he really feels.
(Here's the video. You'd think rich pop star types would be able to afford to have the lights on when it gets dark, wouldn't you?)
Vocally, Enrique has one emotional pitch. He could be singing about waking up in a randy mood, he could be singing about the eternal bliss of meeting his forever soul-mate, he could be singing about the wheels on a bus, and how they basically go round, and also round, and he will always sound as if he is about to burst into tears.
This is not necessarily a problem. Plenty of singers sound deliberately hysterical, or indeed mono-emotional - it's not like Corey Taylor from Slipknot ever breaks into a sexy croon like Barry White, is it? And if you give Enrique a decent ballad like 'Hero', it's entirely appropriate for him to furrow his brow and look longingly into a camera, lower lip a-quiver.
This, however, isn't that kind of song. It's a bit frosty and cold, putting a sheet of glass between the listener and the song, but it's also a howl of outrage against a dying relationship. Actually, it's TWO howls of outrage, as Ciara's got some things she wants to say too (although she's a lot calmer. Almost too calm, really). And the both of them have a lot of howling to get through, as they repeat the title over and over again, under their pane of glass, like some kind of musical zoo exhibit.
It's hard to get involved with what's going on, because he's still sobbing and she's all frosty and they do hammer that one chorus line into the ground. But because he's very very hot, and they rub up against each other in the video, it kind of makes sense if you don't listen to the lyrics too hard.
Do you think Enrique sobs when he sings everything? He must be brilliant to have around at birthday parties.
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