Pitbull might work hard as a Miami multi-hyphenate – he’s involved in vodka, fast food and, uh, energy strip businesses – but when it comes to music, it’s all about the play time.
It’s hard to believe that “Global Warming” is his seventh album since 2004, after getting his start with Atlanta’s Lil Jon and stomping a large footprint in the Spanish hip-hop genre. Not much has changed in his repertoire, for better or for worse.
While there is nothing particularly memorable on the album, chockablock with guest stars and curious samples, its songs are destined for longevity in disco ball havens and aerobics classes worldwide.
At times, Pitbull deftly melds his Cuban roots with slick synthesizers, coming up with an engaging club banger such as “Don’t Stop the Party” or the “Macarena”-sampling title track.
Other times, he essentially remixes an old song (i.e., Mickey and Sylvia’s “Love is Strange” on “Back in Time”) or relies on a tedious beat to carry him (and Usher and Afrojack)