ALBUM REVIEW: Shakira – “Sale El Sol”
October 20, 2010, 3:56 am
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Shakira has been America’s “Latin Queen” ever since the start of the new millennium. She has had a large number of worldwide hits (e.g. Hips Don’t Lie, La Tortura), and has made a name for herself as a force to be reckoned with in the music world. Shakira is known for her original style and sultry image, with her music videos being among the best of this generation. In 2009, after four year hiatus, Shakira returned with “She Wolf”, which became her lowest charting album ever. The album only spawned one hit in the U.S. with the title track of the album, but did manage to gain much more success worldwide. The reason for the low sales were probably due to the electronic/dance sound that the album had. It was a big turn from what Shakira fans were used to, and some people just didn’t buy into it.

In 2010, Shakira is back with her seventh album, and she is ready to put that crown back on. “Sale El Sol” shows Shakira going back to her roots but still keeping up with what’s hot, making this the perfect Shakira album. The album is full with authentic Shakira songs, that remind us why we fell in love with Shakira in the first place. I think she might finally have another crossover spanish-language record with this one. My favorite thing about “Sale El Sol” is that Shakira isn’t trying too hard. Everything about this album sounds so effortless and original, and we finally we see growth from Oral Fixation. The only problem I have with this album is that the songs are way too short. Most of the songs on the album are only 2 minutes and change. Check out a song by song review below:

Sale El Sol: This was definitely not a great choice to start the album. I understand the reason for selecting it, but the song doesn’t do what it’s supposed to, which it inspire; it actually has this gloomy feeling that I’m sure wasn’t the intention. With that said, the song isn’t the worst on the album, and it does have some great lyrics. – 5/10

Loca: In my opinion, the spanish version is the best cover of a spanish song EVER. I’ve never heard a latin cover song that is as effective as “Loca” is. It’s exciting, refreshing, and just plain fun! The song brings me back to those days were I used to be so excited by Shakira’s lyrics, because they were so out of the blue and hard to understand. Diseccting the lyrics to Shakira songs is so much fun, but with “She Wolf” I wasn’t all that excited. The english version of the song is also great. Dizzy Rascal is an unusual choice that surprisingly works well. Urban radio really needs this song to bring back some life, becuse the radio today is so boring. – 9/10

Gordita ft. Calle 13: Amazing song. This song is a tribute to Shakira with Calle 13’s singer rapping about Shakira’s great assets. Shakira sounds like the latin legend that she is on this track. It’s the best spanish Shakira song since “La Tortura”. – 9/10

Antes De Las Seis: Good vocals and lyrics. It reminds me of the Shakira that I love from the “Laundry Service” days. There is something missing from the song, but I can’t really put my hand on. Maybe it’s just the fact that the song is short in length. 7/10

Addicted To You: Exciting! Shakira really went back to her roots with this album, and you can tell especially on this song. The voice sounds perfect and the song is the same. The chorus is catchy, and easy to catch on for english speaking fans. This could be such a huge hit worldwide if it gets similar promotion to “La Tortura”. – 9/10

Lo Que Mas: Not many artists can simply “sing it with piano” (IRT Beyonce), but Shakira has shown that she can with this song. The piano is beautiful, and the combination of Shakira’s distinct voice with the track makes the song work. One of the most emotional Shakira songs I’ve ever heard. – 8/10

Marisposas: The weakest song on the album. It’s a nice track, but it doesn’t have the same feel as the rest of the album which makes it stand out in a bad way. 5/10

Rabiosa ft. Pitbull: Potential hit! This song can easily be a U.S. hit, especially with Pitbull being on it. I do feel like there might be too much going on in the song. After the song was over I felt like I had just turned the page in a book and forgotten everything I just read. This song probably has the best beat on the album. 8/10

Devocion: It’s a nice filler track, but nothing special. 6/10

Islands: One of my personal favorites on the album. It’s classic Shakira with that unusual beat and random lyrics. I don’t think a lot of people realize the risks that Shakira takes with her tracks. A lot of the tracks she uses wouldn’t work with anyone else, but that’s what makes her unique. The song has a great concept, which is Shakira singing about staying on an Island with her lover because she doesn’t need anything else anymore. “I am yours now, so now I don’t ever have to leave.” – 8/10

Tu Boca: She sings the song effortlessly, but something just falls short with this one. I do love angry shakira, and this song is a bit on the aggressive side. – 6/10

M.O.G. RATING: 8/10

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