In the 1980s, Menudo
was the Latin pop equivalent of the Osmonds
more than the Jackson 5
-- that is, pure bubblegum rather than bubblegum combined with some grit. As one of the lead singers of that Puerto Rican group, Ricky Martin
was a superstar in Latin music. Martin
's music matured when he went solo, but he continued to appeal to a young, largely female audience. Me Amares isn't without its pleasures; it includes the dramatic ballad "Entre El Amor y Los Halagos," the urban contemporary-flavored "Ayudame," and "Que Dia Es Hoy (Self Control)," a Spanish-language translation of Laura Branigan
's haunting 1984 hit "Self Control."