Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias – El Perdón

Can 10 million YouTube fans be wrong?


Thomas Inskeep: The simplest way I can think to sum this is up is that it’s essentially a reggaeton ballad. And a damned good one, wherein two guys sing alternating verses about how much they’re missing their beloved. Presumably a lady, but Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias singing against each other gives the effect of two men singing to each other, which I by all means approve of. (Also, Nicky Jam: kinda fine.) “El Perdón” is simple and effective, and sung really really well. 

Katherine St Asaph: A pleasantly meek bit of reggaeton — which is an odd proposition indeed.

Iain Mew: Enrique appears on a lot of singles and has a huge audience, frequently reaching the tens of millions on YouTube with ease. “El Perdón” is too samey and insubstantial to get excited by, but I like it better than most of his pop crossovers. The main reason is how fruitful the contrast between his voice and Nicky Jam’s harsher one is, nudging the song into new territory each time they swap lines.

Alfred Soto: The reggaeton preset grossed me out, but singing in his native language puts Iglesias’ whine in its most attractive setting. Nicky hangs on. I get the sense both wished they used a better script.

Edward Okulicz: Iglesias is such a ham, and his schtick is not noticeably more interesting over reggaeton. But he does chew the musical scenery enough that Nicky Jam might as well be the guest on his own track.

Will Adams: Well, at least the inevitable mashup with “Bailando” will sound go– oh, wait, it’ll probably just be okay. Never mind.

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