‘Shakira‘ (stylized as ‘Shakira.’) is the upcoming eponymous tenth studio album by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira. The album it’s scheduled to be released on digital retailers on March 25, 2014 via RCA and Sony Latin Iberica.
Remember she decided to scrap some of the tracks she worked on since late 2011 to start working on new songs and rework some other tracks that were already finished and mastered by the end of 2012, as she has stated to feel in a different mood since she became a mother, she wants to create more songs and set a new direction for this album both musically and lyrically, focusing on creating music that’s more representative of her new sate of mind and current life.
The new album comes preceded by ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You‘, her highly-anticipated come back single with the collaboration of Rihanna, released worldwide on January 13. The single also released the Spanish version of the song ‘Nunca me acuerdo de olvidarte‘. The second single ‘Empire‘ was released alongeside the pre-order of the album on iTunes on February 24.
The track “Truth or Dare” [commonly “I Dare You (On the Dancefloor)“] and finally named as ‘Dare (La La La)‘ is a powerful dance-track produced by Dutch record producer Afrojack whose music video directed by Anthony Mandler, produced by Heather Heller and edited by Jeff Selis. It was filmed in Lisbon (Portugal) on June 29, 2012 through Black Hand Cinema and Live Nation Entertainment. The song is featured on the TV Spot by Danone’s Activia in Portugal.
The song was written by Raelene Arreguin, John J Conte Jr. and Jay Singh. It was planned as the lead single from the album but finally canceled. The singer recorded the Spanish version of the track called just ‘La La La‘, and a special version to be promoted during 2014 FIFA World Cup with the collaboration of Carlinhos Brown.
Shakira confirmed to Ryan Seacrest that on her new album will be a collaboration with her fellow on The Voice, American country singer-songwriter Blake Shelton. The track is called ‘Medicine‘. Shakira said:
We just recorded it — it’s a country, folk song … I kind of directed him. I wrote the song with some people from Nashville and I sent it to him and I was super-nervous. I was like, ‘Oh my god. What’s he going to think?’ And he loved it. He said, ‘Wow! This is exactly what you were talking about. I love this song
- ‘Dare (La La La)’ | Shakira, Jay Singh, Lukasz Gottwald, Mathieu Jomphe-Lepine, Max Martin, Henry Walter, Raelene Arreguin, John J. Conte, Jr.
- ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You’ (feat. Rihanna) | Shakira, John Hill, Tom Hull, Daniel Alexander, Erik Hassle, Robyn Fenty
- ‘Empire’ | Steve Mac, Ina Wroldsen
- ‘You Don’t Care About Me’ | Chantal Kreviazuk, Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger
- ‘Cut Me Deep’ (feat. MAGIC!) | Shakira, Nasri Atweh, Mark Pellizzer, Alex Tanas, Ben Spivak, Adam Messinger
- ‘Spotlight’ | Shakira, Hillary Lindsey, Mark Bright
- ‘Broken Record’ | Shakira, Michael Busbee
- ‘Medince’ (feat. Blake Shelton) | Shakira, Hillary Lindsey, Mark Bright
- ’23’ | Shakira, Luis Fernando Ochoa
- ‘The One Thing’ | Shakira, Nasri Atweh
- ‘Nunca me acuerdo de olvidarte’ | Shakira, John Hill, Tom Hull, Daniel Alexander, Erik Hassle
- ‘Loca por ti’ | Shakira, Josep Bellavista, Carlos Hernandez, Juan Clapera, Alberto Herrera
- ‘Nunca me acuerdo de olvidarte’
- ‘You Don’t Care About Me’
- ‘La La La’ (Spanish Version) | Shakira, Jay Singh, Lukasz Gottwald, Mathieu Jomphe-Lepine, Max Martin, Henry Walter, Raelene Arreguin, John J. Conte, Jr.
- ‘Cut Me Deep’ (feat. MAGIC!)
- ‘The One Thing’
- ‘Medicine’ (feat. Blake Shelton)
- ‘Loca por ti’
- ‘Broken Record’
- ‘Boig per tu’ (‘Loca por ti’ – Catalan Version) | Pep Sala, Carles Sabater, Carles Oliver, Joan Capdevila
- ‘La La La’ (Brasil 2014) | Shakira, Jay Singh, Lukasz Gottwald, Mathieu Jomphe-Lepine, Max Martin, Henry Walter, Raelene Arreguin, John J. Conte, Jr., Carlinhos Brown
- ‘Chasing Shadows’ | Sia Furler, Fernando Garibay, Greg Kurstin
- ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You’ (feat. Rihanna)
- ‘La La La’ (Spanish Version)
- ‘Chasing Shadows’
- ‘That Way’ | Shakira, Olivia Waithe, Roy Battle
Ultimate Music Review
She’s finally back to the business with the highly-delayed eponymous tenth studio album ‘Shakira’. Once again the promotion has been the great failure of this release. After hearing the first two singles, I’m convinced you could lose any interest in him, but really those two songs do not show, even remotely, the essence the album and the actual sound of this. But let’s analyze it.
- ‘Dare (La La La)‘ / ‘La La La‘: The first single set to be released in 2012, but which never came to be. One of the most awaited songs for the fans, which’ve been about two years listening to poor quality advances recorded from mobiles while shooting video in Portugal. A song that has everything, although the final version isn’t sounds far from the first recorded version. A production is perfect from start to finish. Cool, repetitive and festive pop. A true anthem for summer with easy-chorus based on a simple ‘La La La La La La La‘. In addition, I personally much prefer the Spanish version. The ‘Brazil 2014‘ version, also included on the album, is totally incomprehensible and unnecessary, but it is a nod to the 2014 World Cup, and a clear signal that it will be easy officer. The song should be the third single from the album, I’m sure it will. The best part is how she says: ‘LEGGO‘ (Let’s Go). Very Shakira. It’s an extremely solid dance prodcution.
- ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You‘ (feat. Rihanna) / ‘Nunca me acuerdo de olvidarte‘. It is a clear example that the ‘hype’ does not always work. That even get together two of the most influential artists of the planet, in the end, the result may be a failure. Halfway between reggae and rock-steady, the song is pretty simple. A production that just liking after having heard countless times on the radio but nothing that gets you sucked. Rihanna manages to give a point of freshness and convince thanks Shakira gets her unmistakable ‘Ooouuu-Oh Ooouuu-Oh Oooh‘. For me it was a mistake to launch this as the first single. The Spanish version without Rihanna, maybe at some points is better. Perhaps a little more catchy than the English version. Best rhymes, better result.
- ‘Empire‘. The second single from the album is a pretty intimate production, which the artist returns to the original sound of her beginnings. A song that reminds the style of Kate Bush, taking you to a magical atmosphere with its 90s vibe. For many is actually the real essence of Shakira. ‘Empire’ has pretty epic moments throughout the song. ‘I Wanna Be Yours, I Wanna Be Your Hero’. In it, Shakira shows her musical maturity away from the more commercial sound and and giving importance to quality.
- ‘You Don’t Care About Me‘. Simple Song. A delicate instrumental based on a subtle percussion, showing a very comfortable new Shakira in the middle-acoustic field. Doesn’t add anything special to the whole album but it’s showing an alternative-folk the side of the Colombian artist. There hasn’t has potential as a simple, but it’s a nice song to listen to.
- ‘Cut Me Deep‘ (feat. MAGIC!) A track with the collaboration of the Canadian newcomer band MAGIC!. Mixing reggae and rock, it could be considered as the second part of ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You‘. Does not add anything to the album and unfortunately still remembers the ska / rock-steady style, original by No Doubt. For my taste it’s a style that doesn’t convince me in the voice of Shakira. It is quite difficult to reach success in radio genre now. She is risking too much, getting a lot of this style during the album.
- ‘Spotlight‘ In this track Shakira returns to the pop-rock sound. A production that could perfectly well be a song made for Avril Lavigne’s latest album. It is certainly what Avril will be looking and still have not found. This time she gets an excellent result without seeming a song for teens. But yes, it could be a perfect single that had been a hit in 2006 but now, there would be no success.
- ‘Broken Heart‘. Another song with a subtle instrumental base and follow the pseudo-acoustic field. No doubt, a land where Shakira feels comfortable, and she proves it from the first second of the song. Shakira shows the purity of her voice in this song, demonstrating his unique tessitura. A song with lovely lyric, which can remind Nina Nesbitt.
- ‘Medicine‘ (feat. Blake Shelton). One of the most anticipated collaborations with her coach partner at ‘The Voice’. The song is a formidable combination of pop-rock and touches of country music. An easy, deep and repetitive chorus: ‘Me-me-medicine, Me-me-medicine’ and later the ‘Po-po-popping the pills’. Definitely could be considered as the second part of ‘Just a Fool‘, original by Christina Aguilera. The voices of Shakira and Shelton fit perfectly and the result is more than satisfactory.
- ‘23‘. Is one of the most personals song on the album. Shakira dedicated the song to her husband and son Milan. Taking advantage of the tendency to put a son’s voice in a song as they have done: Christina Aguilera or Beyoncé, in this song we can hear the gentle voice of her son at the end and the happy smile of the artist with him. It’s a beautiful song with a delicate base with acoustic guitar and formidable and deep lyrics: ‘Everybody needs an anchor, a little something that makes you stay’
- ‘The One Thing‘ It is one of the more pop songs in the album. A fresh Shakira conquering us with a quick, direct, and catchy production. The song reminds the sound of Avril Lavigne and Cover Drive merged with the hit ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together‘ by Taylor Swift, adding some pseudo-rap too. Highly addictive and you will like from the first listen. Real single material. Without doubt, one of the instant hits of the album ‘You are the one thing That I got right right right right, aaaah aaaah aaaah’
- ‘Loca por ti‘ / ‘Boig per tu‘. It’s undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises of the album. For me, living in Barcelona, born in Catalonia, this song originally performed by pop rock group SAU and published in 1990, is and has been one of the most important songs in my language of all time. This version was announced months ago, and the result has been really incredibly. Shakira performs the song in the best possible way, without great arrangements, and mantiniendo natural and acoustic essence of the original version. The Catalan version is even better, she sounds more natural on it. Shakira has shown that she knows better pronounce singing in Catalan, which in its original language, Spanish. Curious. Anyway, it’s one of my favorite songs on the album. Perfect.
- ‘Chasing Shadows‘. Today an album is not complete at all, until it has a song written by Sia. The song is a classic Sia-penned and repetitive track, nothing new. Meticulous production made by Fernando Garibay and Greg Kurstin. With a lot of talent, but the result is pretty mediocre. It’s a good bonus track, but nothing more. In my opinion doesn’t fit the essence of the album.
- ‘That Way‘. The final album track and bonus is a lovely-acoustic song, where Shakira demonstrates again that ‘less is more’. The simple and unique way to interpret each piece in acoustic, and supported, this time on piano, make it a formidable way to end the album. Thank Shakira to return to your raw origins. This album really shows artistic growth and it’s the most worthy of all recent self-titled albums.
Ultimate Music Score: 8 / 10
- Boig per tu (‘Loca por ti’ Catalan Version)
‘Shakira.’ is available on iTunes (BUY)