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Classic Album Review: Ricky Martin | Ricky Martin

The pop perfection of Livin' La Vida Loca highlights the ex-Menudo member's debut.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


You might as well get used to it — for the rest of the summer, you’re going to be listening to Livin’ La Vida Loca whether you like it or not. And that’s just fine by me.

For my money, this tropical cocktail of spicy salsa, supercharged ska and cool twangabilly is four minutes of pop perfection — the most addictive song since MmmBop. Too bad the rest of this ex-Menudo pretty boy’s debut disc doesn’t quite maintain the same irresistible groove. Sure, it has its moments — notably the funky strut of Shake Your Bon-Bon and a duet with Madonna — but nothing else comes delivers the same lightning-in-a-bottle blast of Vida Loca. Oh Ricky, what a pity!