Nearly four years after the release of his last studio production, Juanes is returning to the limelight with the debut of his latest studio album titled “Loco de Amor” (Crazy from Love).
Writing about love is second nature to Juanes who primarily writes about what he feels and what he believes. In “Loco de Amor” his powerful and passionate vocals stray from his usual social focus and aims at spotlighting the various ways in which humans can, and should, express love.
“I believe that love is the most powerful energy in this life. I wanted to express songs that, like a ray of light through a prism, makes us witness the different forms of love,” Juanes said in a press release from Universal Latino.
For this new studio effort, the Colombian rocker joined forces with none other than five-time Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Lillywhite who in the past has collaborated with a variety of musicians including U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band and Peter Gabriel, just to name a few.
“Loco de Amor” comes loaded with 11 tracks that include Juanes’ special blend of ballads and his unique and catchy rock/pop Latin-infused rhythms. His trademark guitar-driven hooks feature contributions from artists like Emmanuel “Meme” del Real from Mexican rock band Café Tacvba, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. and guitarist Brian Ray from Paul McCartney's band, percussionist Richard Bravo and guitarist Fernando Tobón.
"'Loco de Amor' accomplishes a fresh and different sound, because it was recorded by only using acoustic guitars, without using electric guitars,” Juanes said.
To kickstart the release of “Loco de Amor,” Juanes flew to New York last Tuesday to introduce his first single titled “La Luz” (The Light) on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, making that his fifth appearance on the Tonight Show so far.
“La Luz” is a fusion of Colombian cumbia, rock and electronica. Its lyrics playfully speak of letting love in after the lights have gone out in the neighborhood. The lively and colorful video for “La Luz” was shot on location in Colombia’s historic town of Cartagena. “La Luz” currently holds the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s “Latin Airplay” chart.
“Loco de Amor” marks Juanes’ eighth album release by Universal Music Group. His overall multi-platinum sales have reached well over the 15 million mark and The New York Times considers him this decade’s “biggest name in Spanish language pop music.“ Juanes has two Grammys, 19 Latin Grammys, and a total of nine No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Latin Singles charts.
Wondering when you can catch the singer's next show? Juanes will be performing live at this year’s Latin Billboard Music Awards, airing April 24th NBC sister station Telemundo.