Dance & Electronic, Latin Music, and Pop album by Shakira
Shakira's brand new English albumShe Wolfis an uptempo pop album. It is all about synthesizers and electronical concepts, all mixed with the world sounds that we are used to from Shakira, sounds from countries like India, the Middle East and her home … see full wiki
After picking up "She Wolf" and listening to it a few times, I have to say that it is (regrettably) my least favorite album by Shakira. "She Wolf" to me lacks the aggressiveness and sensuality Shakira usually packs into her music. Even when she doesn't sing in English, there's usually so much sexuality, passion and spirit rushing from each track. Yet, in this release, Shakira sounds a bit off. She sounds less sure of herself, she mulls and chews certain words to the point of needing a translator, the music itself feels very anti-climatic. What happened to the music and the artist that brought us hits like "La Tortura", "Where Ever, When Ever" and "Hips Don't Lie"? Sorry to say but that Shakira seems absent on the weak "She Wolf".
The Good: If there's one good thing Shakira accomplishes with "She Wolf" is that she's trying new things musically. Instead of trying to pull off a sound and album she's already done, "She Wolf" has a more laid back, light, Earthy/folksy feel to it. "Gypsy" stands out as a track because Shakira exudes vulnerability and sensuality in the simplicity of the music. "Good Stuff" and "Give It Up To Me" have crossover appeal with a touch of urban and hip-hop. "Men In This Town" has an interesting instrumental backing, sounding slightly electronic, and an interesting breakdown that has Shakira doing a small little rap. The strength of "She Wolf" is Shakira trying new styles and sounds.
The Bad: Her voice is weak on this album. I know English isn't her first language but I never minded or took note of her voice until this album. In certain songs, she doesn't at all sound as if she's into the music. "She Wolf" stands out in my mind because even her wolf howl is weak. She doesn't put a lot of effort musically into some of the songs, giving the impression that she never connects to some of these songs. Another weakness is that it feels like there isn't much to this album. "She Wolf" appears three times; album version, live and a spanish version. A mediocre song appearing three times pulls the album down. Adding in a few rappers to make the songs more 'American' friendly didn't always work; "Did It Again" was all right and though the Kid Kudi version was slightly improved, it just felt like an attempt to sell more albums than to add anything musically to the track.
In all, I was let down by "She Wolf". It feels rushed and though there are some good tracks, the singing and vocals on most of the tracks just feels out right lazy and weak. There are definitely more weak, skip-worthy tracks than there are hits. Buy at your own discretion but I recommend skipping it.
Listen To These: "Men In This Town", "Good Stuff", "Gypsy", "Give It Up To Me"