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MUSIC REVIEW

Popular Latina Goes English

Shakira, in Fourth Album, Hits TRL

By Patrick Hereford

Staff Writer

After the Latin invasion of years past, it’s fair to say that the American music industry has taken a fair interest in Latin music. One prominent artist who should stand out in everyone’s mind is Shakira, the Latin superstar who finally finished her fourth album after two years of hardship and turmoil. The only reason for its delay was her attempt to learn English as fast as she could so that her songs wouldn’t lose meaning in translation. Two years seems like a long time for someone in the music industry, maybe even for fans, but the wait was definitely worth it.

Previous (all-Spanish) albums by Shakira are characteristically exciting and invigorating, even to non-speakers of the language. She has revolutionized the Latin music industry, and will soon revolutionize American pop culture as we know it.

In her new album, Laundry Service, she translates “Ojos AsÍ” into “Eyes Like Those.” The translation from Spanish to English in the song is brilliant and smooth. Shakira has dedicated much time and effort into this CD to make it into a chart topper.

Laundry Service is a great addition to anyone’s collection. It has great variety in the music presented on the CD. She has slow music, dance music, and of course Spanish music. One of the upcoming singles on this album is “Whenever, Wherever,” also known as “Suerte” on the album. The song is composed of an exciting beat and a danceable rhythm.

Another memorable track is Eyes Like Those. The rhythm of this song is upbeat, invigorating, and vivacious. I listen to this wonderful song and just start dancing, even if I am completing a problem set. Other catchy songs are “Te Dejo Madrid” and “Poem to a Horse.” All of these songs just excite the soul and persuade you to dance and follow the rhythm your ears perceive. “Objection (Tango),” has a great beat and follows the same pattern her other songs follow. That pattern is the exciting beat that her other songs follow just composed differently. Her slow songs, “Que Me Quedes Tu” and “Underneath Your Clothes” are strategically placed on the album. These two songs are soothing, and can relax anyone who is stressed out. After the person relaxes, he gets hit with an emotional burst of upbeat songs that purge his urge to dance.

Laundry Service is a wonderful album for anyone to purchase, including fans of Shakira’s Latin work. The CD is filled with excitement, drama, and most of all love. She not only makes music for herself, but for her friends, family, and fans. Laundry Service’s “Whenever, Wherever” has already hit the number nine spot on MTV’s Total Request Live, in itself quite an indicator of commercial and perhaps musical success. Her love and passion for music will drive you to buy her music and literally dance the night away. This CD is the perfect solution for all fans of pop and dance music.