Personnel includes: Marc Anthony (vocals); Rodney Jerkins, Harvey Mason Jr. (various instruments); Rene Toledo, Dean Parks (acoustic & electric guitars); Michael Thompson, Marc Shulman (electric guitar); T-Bone Wolk (accordion, bass); Luis Aquino (trumpet); Rafi Torres, Victor Vasquez, Jorge Diaz (trombone); Walter Afanasief, Dan Shea, Cory Rooney (keyboards, programming); Fernando Muscolo (keyboards); Jose Gazmel (bass); Kachiro Thompson (congas); Tito de Garcia (bongos, timbales); Charlie Sierra, Bobby Allende (percussion); Chequi Ramos, Josue Rosado, Wichy Camacho (background vocals).
Producers: Rodney Jerkins, Walter Afanasieff, Ric Wake, Emilio Estefan Jr., Marc Anthony.
Engineers include: Hector I. Rosa, Joe Caldas, Gerardo Lopez.
"I Need To Know" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
"Dimelo" was nominated for the 2000 Latin Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and won the 2000 Latin Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. "De La Vuelta" was nominated for Best Tropical Song.
"You Sang To Me" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Recording information: Altamar Music Studios, Puerto Rica; Andora Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Cove City Studios, Glen Cove, NY; Digitec Studios, Puerto Rico; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; The Dream Factory, New York, NY; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; The Village, Los Angeles, CA; WallyWorld, CA.
Photographer: Stephanie Pfriender.
Marc Anthony has hopped on a shiny new pop music train with his self-titled English debut. While longtime fans won't find much of the salsa here that they've always known him for, there's still plenty of continuity in the fact that he's as fine a singer as ever and a sure romantic. Then again, Marc Anthony has always been about putting his own spin on his roots, so would-be critics should be warned--he won't be tied down.
The single "I Need to Know," with its pulsing salsa horns and piano, was a ubiquitous item on mainstream radio that clearly rode the fast waters of the Latin floodgate opened by Ricky Martin and others. "That's Okay" delves a bit deeper into the clave, while the plaintive "How Could I" combines the fluid fire of Spanish guitar with soft, slow-jam programming. A sweet pop nugget, "You Sang to Me" offers soaring waves of keyboard as Anthony makes his amorous declarations with breathy urgency.
Rolling Stone (11/11/99, pp.134-6) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...If the singer's constant state of apocalyptic romantic swoon is a little suspicious, the earnest lyrics and lilting arrangements render any doubts churlish....his vocals fill every corner of the rococo salsafied space..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/1/99, p.74) - "...making an exceedingly smooth, beguiling transition. The converstaional phrasing and subtleness of Anthony's beats give his swirling ballads purpose and direction..."