Marc Anthony pays tribute to his favorite old-school Latin singers in his eleventh album Iconos, released this week on Sony. The collection of Spanish-language covers features ballads originally sung by the likes of Juan Gabriel, José José, José Luis Perales and Roberto Carlos. In other words, this is one of those records that both you and your mom will enjoy.
The Puerto Rican crooner recently explained the idea behind the CD to Billboard.com’s Daily Noise show: “I started realizing that they just don’t write songs like this anymore,” he said. “I came up with the concept of celebrating it. Just celebrating the artists who had the guts, at the time, to be so daring. And celebrate songs . . . that have withstood the test of time.”
The album also features two original tracks written by Marc Anthony himself, including “A Quién Quiero Mentirle,” which he reportedly penned when he was just 15 years old. I guess some folks are just natural-born romantics.
Here’s the song list (try and name the original artist):
“Y Cómo Es El”
“Abrázame Muy Fuerte”
“Te Lo Pido Por Favor”
“Ya Lo Sé Que Tú Te Vas”
“A Quién Quiero Mentirle”
“Maldita Sea Mi Suerte”