Review: Pitbull - Global Warming

We review the self-proclaimed Mr Worldwide's latest album

Thu 29 Nov 2012

We review the self-proclaimed Mr Worldwide's latest album

1. Global Warming

It's The Maccarena. Seriously, it is the actual Maccarena with a rap thrown on top of it. We shouldn't really be surprised as Los Del Rio's 1996 hit is the biggest Spanish-language track to ever grace America's Billboard charts, spending 14 weeks at No. 1. "I'm tired of this rap ****," declares Pitbull before launching into a mini-attack on the current music scene. He's all about the party, he's all about the ladies and, quite clearly, he's all about his Spanish roots in this one-minute-long album opener. 

Favourite lyric: "No Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, I do it for the paper, I'm a businessman"

Party count (we're counting how many times the word party crops up in each song): 0

-CY


2. Don't Stop The Party

Oh, Pitbull. The video for Don’t Stop The Party may verge on perverse, and include far too many naked ladies, Voli vodka label close-ups and shots of his suspiciously high-waisted trousers, but the tune is proper catchy. If you want to spend cold wintery nights pretending you're drinking over-priced cocktails in a Miami hot tub with gentlemen of questionable morals, this could be your jam.   

Favourite lyric: “Get funky, get funky. Now stop!”

Party count: 38

-TM


3. Feel This Moment ft Christina Aguilera

I totally dig a couple things about this Pitbull track: the
sample of superior track Take On Me by A-ha, the feeling of living in the
moment and Pitbull’s love of travel, which I share. I do not dig when
Pitbull claims that he’s a “genius” (be modest, Armando!). This is actually quite a catchy tune to
dance to and it boasts a sick hook. It doesn’t feature any misogyny, which is nice.

Favourite lyric: "I see the future but live for the moment, make sense
don’t it"

Party count: 0

-NW


4. Back In Time 

Pitbull makes another infectious hit, with a little help from the well-loved Dirty Dancing song, Love is Strange.  Written for the time travel-tastic MIB 3, there’s plenty of references to the aliens, going back in time and wearing black suits. Just in case you weren’t clear on the theme.

Favourite lyric: “Black suits/ White shirts/ Black glasses with a matching tan”

Party count: 0 

-JM


5. Hope We Meet Again ft. Chris Brown

Chris Brown's silky smooth vocals accompany soft piano chords for the opening of Hope We Meet Again. Give it 30 seconds though, and the Pitbull bandwagon rolls into town with crashing drums and soaring synth. It's a more mature chilled-out dance sound for Pit, not as forced as some of his previous party-hard releases, and there are zero mentions parties. It's good, very good. We approve of this new grown-up Pitbull.

Favourite lyric: "Throw this song to the world and watch her catch it like a bouquet"

Party count: 0

-CY


6. Party Ain't Over

Do you think it’s an easy life, partying all night long like
Pitbull? It’s not! There are too many women to love, too many drinks to drink,
and too much dance to be danced – it’s enough to make an amateur partier drop
dead. Usher seems to be up to the task,
however, lending vocals to this generic, but infectious dancefloor anthem.

Favourite lyric: “I ain’t greedy, sharing is
caring/Especially when it’s for Sharon and Karen”

Party count: 15

-TM


7. Drinks For You (Ladies Anthem) ft Jennifer Lopez

This track absolutely floored me, it’s Pitbull’s genuine celebration of women – he’s doing shoutouts to single mothers. We get a bit of insight into Pitbull’s childhood – he raps that his mother worked several jobs to support him. If only he was celebratory of strong women all the time! JLo’s sweet hook only adds to the enjoyment.

Favourite lyric: "This song is dedicated / To all the women out there motivated / Always finding ways to make ends meet / All my women out there innovative"

Party count: 12

-NW


8.  Have Some Fun

His collaboration with The Wanted pretty much does what it says on the tin. With a chorus heavily inspired by the Sheryl Crow classic, a dirty beat and an even dirtier rap, Pitbull doesn’t change a habit of a lifetime here. Still, the chorus is sung well by the lads, and we can’t wait to see them in the video for the club banger.

Favourite lyric: “That means my tongue is bilingual/Ready to play with that spot where you tingle”

Party count: 4

-JM


9. Outta Nowhere ft. Danny Mercer

If we were cooking this on a stove, we'd throw a Ryan Tedder-produced ballad into our pan, stir in a bit of the Pitbull party flavour and leave to simmer for an hour. The result of our cookery hour is a tender and heartfelt mid-tempo track. It's smooth, rich, satisfying and will definitely leave you wanting more.

Favourite lyric: "This career try to swallow us. Paparazzi try to follow us" 

Party count: 0

-CY

10. Tchu Tchu Tcha

Enrique Iglesias hops aboard this dirty dancefloor ditty
about wanting to have sex with someone very, very much (eh em). The jolty
chorus is slightly grating, but it’s refreshing to hear Pitbull rapping over
some sweet, melodic acoustic guitar during the verses. Even if you dislike his
music, you’ve got to give Pitbull credit for his business acumen, cleverly
plugging the brand of vodka he fronts in the lyrics (again).

Sexy product placement lyric: “So let’s take a sip of that Voli and
unwind/ And let me **** you blind”  

Party count: 0

-TM


11. Last Night ft Havana Brown

This song is a classic Pitbull club track with lyrics made up of a bunch of nonsensical misogynist jibberish and a lady singing a hook. There’s a nice buildup, I guess, thanks to Afrojack, but it sounds an awful lot like an LMFAO song.

These lyrics appear in the song: "Next thing you know, she’s on top of the bar / No clothes for sure / … / Different night different city / Different girl but it’s all the same"

Party count: 1

-NW


12. I'm Off That

Pitbull takes another break from an out-and-out dance hit for a more hip-hop inspired track. If you hadn’t already guessed from the lyrics below, I’m Off That is all about what Pitbull does and doesn’t like. To save you some time you may as well know that he’s ‘off’ most things except money, freedom and women– which he loves abundantly. It’s a pretty repetitive track which only has a few interesting moments thanks to DJ and producer Afrojack.

Favourite lyric: “Skateboarding I’m off that/ label execs I’m off that/ A&Rs I’m off that, but DJs I’m on that ”

Party count:  0

-JM


13. Echa Pa'lla 

If you're going on holiday this winter, visiting somewhere hot and sunny, stick this on straight away. If you're staying in the UK, avoid this track, it'll just make you feel worse. It's a real holiday song, with a brash accordion and full-on carnival vibe. Expect to hear it blasting out from a Spanish beach bar. Don't expect to hear it playing out of a pub in Slough. 

Favourite lyric: "Sube las manos pa'arriba"

Party count: 0

-CY


14. Everybody ***** ft Akon

This song is about Pitbull being honest with ladies because
he doesn’t want a “commitment or vows”. 
I guess you could say it’s catchy… I guess. It’s mostly terrible. I hope
children don’t hear it. For a better song about sex featuring Akon, try The Lonely
Island’s I Just Had Sex.

Favourite lyric: Love me tonight girl, we won’t meet again / Don’t fight
the feeling cause love ain’t a sin 

Party count: 0

-NW


15. Get It Started

Get It Started pairs thumping eurodance beats with a
stripped-down, pop chorus sung by the one and only Shakira. And then pitbull
plugs that bloody vodka again. The single failed to ignite the charts, but it
serves as a good reminder that Shakira is awesome (elsewhere) and has some
utter tunes (not this), which you should probably listen to instead.  

Favourite lyric: “I went from eviction to food stamps/To
bagging work, wet and damp/To a passport flooded with stamps/Now it's Volì
everywhere I land” 

Party count: 0

-TM


16. 11_59

Pitbull ends his album the only way he really knows how:
with a party track, all about living it up on New Years eve. While you can
imagine 11_59 being played on New Years Eve in Magaluf, we’re afraid it won’t
be replacing Prince’s 1999 or Auld Lang Syne any time soon. However, it’s a
light and fun track and a great ending to the album.

Favourite lyric:
“Grim reaper the night is mine/ Meet me at 11.59”

Party count:  1

-JM


Total party count: 71


Rating: 2.82 / 5