I have loved Shakira ever since her breakthrough (English) album Laundry Service, and more specifically, “Whenever, Wherever.” I absolutely loved that line, how does it go? “Lucky that my breasts are small and humble / So you don’t confuse them with mountains.”
She had me right then.
Fast forward to her newly released album, Shakira. I was extremely excited to hear some of her newest songs, but what I discovered was so much greater than I ever could have imagined.
Billboard’s review of Shakira expresses exactly how I feel about the new album; they took the words right out of my mouth:
“Love, motherhood, rock roots, a dab of country here, a drop of reggae there, and of course, Latin dance rhythms. Shakira’s “Shakira,” her first studio album in four years, may at first blush sound as if it could be a disparate affair, but instead, it’s a cohesive, organic set, with roots that lie mostly in melodic pop-rock and unexpected touches from multiple influences. There’s not much Latin-ness to be found here (despite two tracks in Spanish: “Loca por ti” and the Spanish version of “Can’t Remember to Forget You”), but it doesn’t matter. The album works on the strength of the songs.”
Here are a few of my favorite tunes from the album:
Dare (La La La)
Medicine (ft. Blake Shelton)
This song is about Shakira’s love, Gerard Pique. They met when he was 23; the couple now have a son, Milan Piqué Mebarak.
You can even hear him at the end of the song!