"Don't stop the party!" he barks not long into his new album, and the rest of "Global Warming" gives you little opportunity to consider other options. It's an all-night rager as envisioned by the planet's best-dressed autocrat.
What makes Pitbull's rule tolerable is his goofy shamelessness. Though the approach here precisely mirrors that on "Planet Pit" — think big beats and bigger cameos — he's using his increased power to venture even more daringly beyond the limits of good taste. In "Have Some Fun" he and guests the Wanted riff on "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow, while "Feel This Moment" (with Christina Aguilera) turns A-ha's '80s synth-pop curio "Take on Me" into the stuff of a Las Vegas bachelorette bash. The title track is bolder still: It opens the album with the unmistakable keyboard pulse of Los del Rio's 1996 novelty smash "Macarena."
2 1/2 stars
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