By Pablo De Sainz
After Julio Iglesias, there was Enrique. After Enrique, now comes Julio Jr., the newest addition to the Iglesias Dynasty. But unlike his father, who has made a career singing soft ballads, and his brother, who lately has recorded Eurobeat rhythms, the younger Iglesias offers straight out pop-rock stuff, with guitars and all.
Tercera Dimensión (WEA Latina, 2003) is Julio’s first album in Spanish, after a failed English-language set of songs.
“Musically, I feel more mature and I feel very comfortable singing in Spanish, my first language,” Julio said. “I enjoyed putting this album together... it’s definitely more me, more my style.”
And that can be noticed. This album shows a matured Julio, musically and lyrically. There are 10 tracks in Tercera Dimensión, all with an alternative touch.
“When I started producing the record with some friends of mine, I was listening to Third Eye Blind and Matchbox Twenty, which is pop-rock with a little alternative,” he said.
All of the songs were written by Julio, except “Duele,” which was originally written in English. The title of the album, Tercera Dimensión, or Third Dimension, has great symbolism for the singer.
He explains: “The first dimension is when I started writing the record,” Julio said. “Second dimension is when I got a chance to produce the record and sign the record deal. The third dimension is when the record goes out to the world.”
The album is a refreshing set of cuts that bring new sounds to pop-rock en español. But Julio doesn’t take too much credit for it.
“I don’t want it to be my songs, I want the listener to identify and make them their songs,” he said.
Even though the 10 tracks are worth listening to, there are a few that stand out.
“I’d be watching TV and see something that interested me and start writing about it,” he said. “Then we’d write the melody. It was natural. I didn’t write about a girl or a story. I wrote a lot of songs I didn’t understand myself.”
The first single is “Los Demás,” a tribute to freedom and to self-respect. Is a song about feeling good with yourself:
“Seré bohemio sin un buen camino, sin creer en el destino, siempre buscando un refugio lejos donde pasar nuevos momentos, vuelo con los ojos cerrados, es un circo sin payasos, sin saber que los demás viven bien”.
Julio said about “Los Demás”, which was originally included in Fulano’s 1999 album etc.: “It talks about how every-body’s got problems,” Julio said. “Everyone wants to go back to what they were before, because they’re not happy. But everybody can analyze the song in a different way. That’s the way we analyzed it when we wrote it.”
For Julio this song represents the following philosophy:
“Sometimes people think that they have it really bad but you have to think that there’s always someone worse off than you.”
The album also includes an interactive track, which is the video “Los Demás.” The video was directed by Simon Brand, who’s worked with other Hispanic stars, such as Paulina Rubio, Shakira, and Enrique Iglesias.
The producer of Tercera Dimensión is Pete Masitti, who produced Hootie & the Blowfish’s latest release.
“Pete and I have been good friends for about 10 years,” Julio said. “I started writing with Pete about three years ago, making demos and finding the sound I wanted. This record is very me. Luis Fernando Ochoa with the record company came in and just made the final touches on what we did to make it the best it could be.”
Other songs in Tercera Dimensión include: “Dicen que,” Ojos negros,” “Déjame volar,” “Cruel,” “Quisiera volver,” “Con el viento,” “Duele,” “Es fácil ser yo,” and “Me quedo sin ti.”
Without a doubt, Julio has chosen the right career path.
“I love my family, and I’m very proud of my family,” he said. “I grew up in a musical family. Music is my life, it’s what I love to do. I love to go on tour and go onstage and sing my songs.”