Insomniac (Enrique Iglesias album)
|Studio album by Enrique Iglesias|
|Released||June 11, 2007
(see release history)
|Genre||Pop, R&B, Latin pop, synthpop|
|Producer||John Shanks, Kristian Lundin, Jesper Andersen, Sean Garrett, Anders Bagge, Mark Taylor, Stargate, Maratone|
|Enrique Iglesias chronology|
|Singles from Insomniac|
Insomniac is the eighth studio album, and fourth English-language album, released by Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. The album was produced by John Shanks, Kristian Lundin, Sean Garrett, Anders Bagge, Jesper Andersen, Mark Taylor, Stargate, and Maratone. It also contains his first collaboration with a rapper, Lil Wayne, as well as a cover of indie band Ringside's "Tired of Being Sorry". This album is said to be different from his prior albums, incorporating a more contemporary pop style. As well as the aforementioned hip hop collaboration, the album also includes elements of R&B and Latin pop. It was released worldwide on June 11, 2007 and in the USA on June 12, 2007.
Background and composition
The album is his first for four years since 7, which failed to match the staggering sales of 2001's Escape. "Insomniac" is not just the title of the album, it is also a fact of Iglesias's life, who says he often takes sleeping pills to get a good night's rest. Iglesias recorded most of the album in the evening and early hours of the morning. He wrote more than 50 songs before settling on 12 that he felt were strong enough to put on the album.
Insomniac runs the gamut of emotional anxiety, moody pining, enduring love and a constant sexual pulse. He says he wrote hundreds of songs for the album. "The more songs I wrote, the best chance that I could pick 12, 15 great ones. It's not that I wanted to make a musical change, I just wanted to write good songs." The album is said to be Iglesias' most diverse to date. It features a song titled "Miss You", which he has dedicated to his girlfriend, former tennis star Anna Kournikova, as well as a track, "Push", which he performs with rapper Lil' Wayne -- a big departure from his usual material. The first single, "Do You Know", has become known as the "ping pong song" because of its stand-out beat. There is also a cover of indie pop band Ringside's "Tired of Being Sorry".
"I wanted to write about love because it is the one thing that we all identify with. Everyone knows what it feels like to be with someone you love, and to fall out of love. You suffer because of love and then love makes you happy."
Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave to the album 2.5 out of 5 stars, writing: "'Insomniac' is pushed to a younger audience. But Enrique is too much of a crossover guy to spend the entire album doing the nasty. Sometimes, he pushes too hard in either direction, but sometimes Iglesias strikes the right balance between crossover pop and stylish retro-new wave production. What works on this slick, snazzy makeover is what always works for him: the ballads and the middle-of-the-road pop tunes. They may not be hip, but they're part of the family tradition, and when he sticks to them, he's as good as ever." Lauren Murphy from Entertainment.ie criticized the songs, writing: "Every track here is either a sombre, mumbled, slow-moving number that sounds dated and cumbersome, cheesy radio-friendly dirges that have been done a million times before and better or are just so amateur-sounding that they're embarrassing." Jonathan Bernstein from Entertainment Weekly wrote "Insomniac sees Iglesias possessed by the vengeful spirit of Toad the Wet Sprocket ("Stay Here Tonight"), outshone by Lil Wayne on the plodding club banger Push, and, yes, upstaged by a sampled Ping-Pong ball on Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)."
Jerome Blakeney from BBC Music gave to the album a positive review, stating that "He remains the king of latin-tinged heart-tugging and at least half of this album keeps him firmly on top." Joey Guerra from Houston Chronicle also gave to the album a positive review, writing: "Insomniac's secret weapons, however, are its ballads, which cast Iglesias as — of course — a sensitive, soulful Spanish lover." Scott Shelter wrote for Slant Magazine that "The ballads are disappointing because the rest of Insomniac isn't half bad, and if all of the ballads were like the acoustic 'Don't You Forget About Me", Insomniac would've been worthwhile effort; instead, it's a case study in ironic album titles."
The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart, with 45,000 copies sold. However, the previous album, 2003's 7, began at number 31, but with 77,000 copies. It also debuted at number 3 on the UK charts were it would be certified Gold. The album went Platinum (or multiplatinum) in countries such as Ireland, Russia and Poland.
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Insomniac.
|1.||"Ring My Bells"||Enrique Iglesias, Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha||Lundin||3:55|
|2.||"Push" (featuring Lil Wayne)||Iglesias, Steve Morales, Adonis, Lil Wayne||Morales, Carlos Paucar (vocals), Iglesias (vocals)||3:52|
|3.||"Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)"||Sean Garrett, Brian Kidd, Iglesias||Garrett, Kidd, Paucar (vocals), Iglesias (vocals)||3:38|
|4.||"Somebody's Me" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)||Iglesias, John Shanks, Kara DioGuardi||Shanks||3:58|
|5.||"On Top of You"||Johnta Austin, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Iglesias, H. Rustan||StarGate||3:39|
|6.||"Tired of Being Sorry"||Scott Thomas||Thomas, Paucar (vocals), Iglesias (vocals)||4:01|
|7.||"Miss You"||Iglesias, Rami Yacoub, Arnthor Birgisson||Rami, Arnthor||3:21|
|8.||"Wish I Was Your Lover"||Iglesias, Yacoub, Birgisson||Rami, Arnthor||3:25|
|9.||"Little Girl"||Iglesias, Paul Barry, Mark Taylor||Taylor||3:46|
|10.||"Stay Here Tonight"||Iglesias, Shanks, DioGuardi||Shanks||4:13|
|11.||"Sweet Isabel"||Brodie Stewart||Stewart, Paucar (vocals), Iglesias (vocals)||3:13|
|12.||"Don't You Forget About Me"||Iglesias, Barry, Taylor||Taylor||3:11|
|13.||"Dimelo"||Garrett, Kidd, Iglesias, Luis Gómez-Escolar||Paucar, Iglesias||3:38|
|14.||"Alguien Soy Yo"||Iglesias, Shanks, DioGuardi, Gómez-Escolar||Paucar, Iglesias||3:59|
|15.||"Amigo Vulnerable"||Thomas, Gómez-Escolar||Paucar, Iglesias||4:01|
|Australian Albums Top 50||44|
|Austrian Albums Top 75||14|
|Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart||38|
|Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart||47|
|Danish Albums Top 40||5|
|Dutch Top 100 Albums Charts||6|
|Finnish Albums Top 40||16|
|French Albums Top 150||36||40,000|
|German Albums Top 50||14|
|Hungarian Albums Top 40||31|
|Irish Albums Top 75||16||Platinum||20,000+|
|Italian Top 100 Albums Chart||43|
|Mexican Top 100 Albums Chart||4||Gold||50,000|
|Mexican International Top 20 Albums||1||Gold||50,000|
|Polish ZPAV/OLiS Albums Chart||13||Platinum||20,000+|
|Russian Albums Chart||-||6x Platinum||120,000|
|Spanish Top 100 Albums Chart||8||30,000|
|Swedish Top 60 Albums Charts||24|
|Swiss Albums Top 100||8|
|UK Top 200 Albums Chart||3||Gold||273,000|
|U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums||17||230,000|
|United Kingdom||June 11, 2007||Original|
|United States||June 12, 2007|
|Japan||June 16, 2007|
|France||July 8, 2008||Nouvelle Edition|
|United Kingdom||July 11, 2008|
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- Enrique Iglesias - Insomniac - Music Charts
- Enrique Iglesias - Insomniac - Music Charts
- Enrique Iglesias - Insomniac Top Chart Positions in Spain
- Mexican Top 100 Albums Chart - June 20th 2007
- International Albums Chart - June 20th 2007
- Russian Album Chart