Sound Loaded - Ricky Martin

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. "Sound Loaded" shows Martin walking the tightrope between requisite familiarity and fresh musical ground with remarkable ease.
  2. And while there's a temptation to write this -- and Martin -- off as just another pop-tart confection reprising a proven sonic formula, the fact remains that the singer and his cohorts craft music that's undeniably engaging, tuneful, and, quite often, lots of fun.
  3. The relentlessly likable and danceable Sound Loaded plunges listeners once again into Ricky's hothouse world, with its lush evocations of exotic climes ("St. Tropez"), Spanglish salsa-club blowouts (the irresistible "Amor") and voodoo hussies (oh, pick one -- "Jezebel"). The singing sounds a little tired, but the monstrously effective production is firmly in place, with arena-size swells swamping the ballads ("Come to Me" eventually drowns) and Latinate curlicues (like the arabesque-ing guitar that redeems "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely") peeping from the corners.
  4. Less than two years after the crossover phenomenon erupted in earnest, this kitchen sink approach to Latin American pop already sounds incredibly formulaic -- albeit a formula that still has some life in it.
  5. The trio of Spanish songs are no fun at all and ballads such as Come To Me are more Michael Bolton than Michael Jackson, but - and let's not be coy about this - when he does Livin' La Vida Loca again, he's fantastic.
  6. Fizzy but numbingly predictable.... The delightful element of surprise occasioned by Martin's breakthrough English-language debut has been replaced by a formula-milking attempt to replicate its track record. This is particularly disappointing, since in concert Martin stirs things up by doing more than nodding to his roots.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. JennyT
    Mar 24, 2007
    It is a wonderful album, my favourite song is "Cambia la piel", ricky is perfect und all fans love him.
  2. angelinak
    Nov 26, 2005
    all the songs on this album are crap except 4 jezabel
  3. akshayw
    May 1, 2005
    sound loaded is a fantastic album.the singles like she bangs, loaded, jezabel &one night man can capture anyones heart.he has proved to be a matured singer and i would like to wish him all my best wishes for his coming albums.he is just amazing! Full Review »