While “Takin’ Back My Love” is one of my favorite duets, “Heartbeat” is a very close second. Both are songs by Enrique Iglesias, whose voice has always had an odd (and sometimes shaky) but compelling feeling to it. Nicole Scherzinger’s voice had never been massively appealing (nor her name), but these two compliment each other so well vocally that I had to forgive any faults that either singers’ voices have.
The song as a whole is everything you would expect from a meeting between these two artists. It’s signature Pop music from the man that brought you “I Like It” (Or, would sooner or later) and the girl that asked me if my imaginary girlfriend was hot like her in middle school. Tuned vocals and a high-bass beat made the song feel a bit unoriginal, but the conviction of both of these artists performing in sync together is just fascinating.
The song is an upbeat love ballad and, though it has its flaws in tuning and repetition in lyrics, it is an easy song to pick up and enjoy. There’s nothing wrong with loving a good love duet. Overall, I would rate it at: