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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/17/2011

Album review: Pitbull, “Planet Pit”

Pitbull’s new album is overstuffed with surefire hits. (AP Photo/Jorge Sanchez)
Pitbull has supplanted the Black Eyed Peas as the nation’s most reliable purveyor of synthetic super-jams. It was hardly a fair fight: The Miami rapper has never made the same song twice and, unlike the Peas, has the added benefit of not being terrible.

His new disc, “Planet Pit,” dispenses with the idea that pop albums should consist of a few celebrity-packed singles topped off with filler. Every song here is a superstar/super-producer collaboration, every song a banger. “Planet Pit” is its own future Greatest Hits package.

How strong is the album? Kelly Rowland and T-Pain are the B team, and even things that have fallen out of favor (Auto-Tune, Chris Brown) seem tolerable again. Pitbull is an effective ringleader, capable of reining in Marc Anthony on the powerhouse “Rain Over Me” and riding herd on Enrique Iglesias on “Come N Go,” possibly the first song ever to feature the holy trinity of Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Max Martin — two more super-producers than the track probably needed.

By Allison Stewart  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/17/2011

Categories:  Album reviews | Tags:  Pitbull

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