On this year's Mended, however, the 34-year-old singer finds himself stewing in agua caliente. Though a few tracks recycle Marc Anthony's dance rhythms, they're drowned by sappy ballads that cry rivers of tears for true loves lost ("You should have loved me blah blah blah") and found ("Everything you do makes me love you yadda yadda"). This naked romanticism makes up half of the formula exploited by everyone from 'N Sync to Enrique Iglesias, but Anthony completely misses the other half: the cool attitude and airy production values that today's international pop stars take from rock and hip-hop. No wonder Iglesias's Escape has gone triple platinum, while Anthony's Mended hasn't even hit gold. Though Latin music fans continue to rave about his concerts, anyone who attends this show on an "I Need to Know" basis will be disappointed by how a real musician falls short of a fake "Hero."
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