Before becoming a global phenomenon with “Despacito”, Luis Fonsi had already released nine albums. Those who know his work, know that his strongest feature are romantic ballads. “Despacito”, the most viewed music video in the history of YouTube with six billion hits, is the curve on the discography of the Puerto Rican native.
How to start again after that? Luis Fonsi made other dancing songs such as “Échame la Culpa” (with Demi Lovato), “Calypso” (with Stefflon Don) and “Imposible” (with Ozuna) feeding his new audience. But his latest single, “Sola,” is a good bridge to the next album, “Vida”, which release is scheduled for February 1st. On the tracklist, there are eight unreleased songs and most of them are romantic melodramas.
“Sola” opens and closes the album (the first one is the Spanish version, then the English version). It’s the first non-dancing song that Luis Fonsi presents at this stage of his career. The reception was positive: more than eight million hits in the music video in just four days. It’s undeniable that he’s still in a high point and can now diversify. “Vida” brings a varied tracklist, aimed at a plural audience and it will be released with the guarantee of billions of streams, taking from the success of the singles.
“Vida” brings 15 songs, including remixes. “Le Pido al Cielo” is the third on the tracklist. It’s romantic, melodic and easy recognizable: you listen to it and you know it’s Fonsi. One of the verses says “I’m going to love you every night more and more”. “Poco a Poco”, a guitar based song, is also a love declaration. “Demi Que No Te Irás” is that drama he knows how to do like no one else. The song lasts for almost 4:30 with that passionate humiliation – “stay with me”, “I do not know what I’ll do without you” – that seems to be a couple theme.
“Tanto Para Nada”, already performed live, is one of the most different of the album, because it stands in the middle of the path between the dancing and the romantic ones. The lyrics are still about love, but the song has another vibe. It’s a similar case to that of “Más Fuerte Que Yo”, the tenth of the album, it’s not a dramatic song, but it maintains the love relationship theme with a higher beat. “Ahi Estás Tu”, the last unreleased of the tracklist, is solar, with guitar, and talks about a relationship in a positive way (“like a light, there you are”). Among the new ones there is also “Apaga La Luz”, which is lively and dancing, but super different from “Despacito”. The verses say “night for dancer, night to enjoy”. It has also been performed at shows.
“Vida” is a search for the balance between the romanticism that is the main trace of Luis Fonsi’s career and the dancing pop that brought him an unprecedented commercial success alongside a new audience.
2 Apaga la Luz
3 Le Pido al Cielo
5 Poco a Poco
6 Dime Que No Te Irás
7 Échame la Culpa
8 Tanto para Nada
9 Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
10 Más Fuerte Que Yo
12 Ahí Estás Tú
13 Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber) [Remix] – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
14 Calypso (Remix) – Luis Fonsi & Karol G
15 Sola (English Version)