Juanes showed up at the Grammys to show off his cool blend of Latin pop rock with "Juntos (Together)." Despite losing Best Latin Pop Album to Mike Farris, Juanes pulled off one slick performance. The Colombian superstar released his sixth studio effort, Loco de Amor (Crazy with Love), in March of last year.
Caitlin Carter of Music Times spoke to Juanes last year ahead of the release of Loco de Amor. He teamed up with producer Steven Lillywhite in order to take his sound back to basics. Lillywhite suggested the singer play acoustic guitar on the album.
"I said 'Wow, man, are you serious?' and he said 'Yeah, trust me,' and that's what I did," Juanes explained. "From the very first day, the first take we did with all the musicians in the studio, I was so excited because I could just feel it, you know, that sound. It sounds really rock-oriented and really almost like an electric guitar. So in the end I just fell in love with the sound, and that's the way we finished the whole record."
Lillywhite was happy with the result.
"When you listen to the album, listen to it in order and just run through," he said. "It's wonderful. His voice is superb. It's so sexy and masculine. But not masculine in a Mötley Crüe way. It's masculine in a way that's confident. The sort of man that every woman wants type of masculine."
"I am always dreaming of the opportunity to open new doors, so if this album is the key to doing that, I mean, I would be happy," Juanes added. "But if not I will keep doing what I love to do, which is music."