onsdag 28. november 2012


Colombian-born superstar Shakira Mebarak became successful due to her aggressive, rock-inspired approach to pop music. Fairly early in her career, she was recognized as one of the biggest Latin-pop crossover artists since Jennifer Lopez.
Her first two albums, "Pies Descalzos" (1996) and "Donde Estan los Ladrones?" (1998), although received well by the critics, didn't earn her international success. It was at least until her third studio album "Laundry Service" (2001), and its hit single "Whenever, Wherever", that was accessible to a much wider audience and served her as a gateway into the world.

It was as if she couldn't decide whether she should continue writing in english or return to her Spanish-speaking audience when she published her first two-part album "Fijacion Oral/Oral Fixation" in 2005. This time her quirky pop is nowhere to be seen as she becomes concerned with more mature themes. "Don't Bother" was definitely the album highlight, although it also offered great collaborations with Carlos Santana on "Illegal" and Gustavo Cerati on "The Day and the Time". It is considered her best work so far by both the critics and the audience, mostly because of her ability to touch upon so many styles without compromising the flow of her material.
She has since put out more dance-oriented albums. "She Wolf" in 2009, that features her collaboration with Wyclaf Jean, and Sale el Sol in 2010, on which she worked with El Cata and Dizzee Rascal.

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