We gave it a B-
If you thought Pitbull had gone all Al Gore on us on Climate Change, think again. On his 10th album, Mr. Worldwide’s world once again revolves around the dance floor. Hooting and hyping it up with more energy than a pack of puppies, Pit remains pop’s biggest party animal. He presides over the festivities like the affable if occasionally annoying host, relentlessly pumping up you and his many guests — ranging from fellow Miami MC Flo Rida to usual suspects Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias — even when the track is tired (see the latter’s collaboration, “Messin’ Around,” a corny riff on REO Speedwagon’s “Take It on the Run”).
With at least one guest on all but one cut, Pitbull sometimes feels like an afterthought on his own album, but given his limitations as a rapper, that can be a good thing. Highlights include “We Are Strong,” an electro update of “Love Is a Battlefield” with Kiesza doing her best Pat Benatar, and “Educate Ya,” which shows that Jason Derulo has learned a thing or two from Michael Jackson. Pitbull may never change the world, but at this stage, this is about as good as you can expect one of his albums to be.
“We Are Strong”
The thumping opener pumps new life into ’80s classic “Love Is a Battlefield.”
Pit and J.Lo pair once again for a body-rocking house jam.