- Released: May 21, 2002
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Vibe - 5/02, pp.153-43 discs out of 5
- "...The most satisfying album of his career....He conjures up the melancholy of rainy nights, the overwhelming rush of a stolen kiss, and the velvety allure of soft-core lovemaking..."l Entertainment Weekly (5/24/02, p.94) - "...Straight pop...but Anthony hasn't totally abandoned his salsa side..." - Rating: B-
Personnel: Marc Anthony (vocals); Michael Thompson (acoustic & electric guitars); Renne Toledo (acoustic & nylon string guitars); Eric Kupper (guitar, keyboards, programming); Chieli Minucci, Andy Abad, David Dominguez (guitar); Juan A Gonzalez (piano, keyboards); Cory Rooney (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Dan Shea (keyboards, programming); Marc Russell, Erben Perez (bass); Bobby Allende (percussion); Richie Jones (programming); Wendy Pederson, Raul Midon, Gizelle D'Cole, Shelen Thomas (background vocals).
Producers: Marc Anthony, Dan Shea, Cory Rooney.
Recorded at Sony Music Studios and The Hit Factory New York, New York, Cove City Sound Studios, Long Island, New York, Lobo Recording Studios, Deer Park, New York, The Stash, Miami, Florida, and at Record Plant Recording, Los Angeles, California.
The man who starred in Paul Simon's infamous Broadway flop THE CAPEMAN only to rebound with star-making megahit "I Need to Know" offers more of his trademark blend of pop, R&B and Latin music on MENDED. Romantic Spanish guitars intersect with contemporary-sounding programmed drums to frame his sensual, yearning vocal style throughout MENDED. There are occasional stylistic detours; the pizzicato string samples on "Give Me a Reason" add a bit of a hip-hop flavor, and "I've Got You" is vaguely suggestive of some Latinate amalgam of George Michael's "Faith" and Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" (seriously). But the romantic ballad remains Marc Anthony's stock in trade, and it's a stock with an excellent future (not to mention massive earning potential).