Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:51 pm
I think I'm overdue for a music post. So, Shakira:

Back in the last millennium—I was going to say, "Years ago," but why pass up a chance to say, "Back in the last millennium"?—I once joined a CD of the month club. I was able to get seven (was it seven? something like that) CD's for the price of one, and then only be obliged to buy a few (a couple?) more.

I ordered a bunch of things I thought I would like, and figured I could take a chance on something I knew nothing about. I clicked on "Shakira" because it sounded vaguely familiarly unfamiliar—thinking it was the name of a dark-skinned swimsuit model or somebody. It was not. But I read a description, and it sounded like it might be cool—or horrid, but I was experimenting. I ordered ¿Dónde están los ladrones?, figuring if I didn't like it, well, it was effectively free.

I liked it. Some of the stuff I thought I would like, I ended up hating, and sold. The album I didn't know what to expect from? I played it a lot. And I still do. I've been a Chaki fan ever since.

I sometimes wondered if I would be as big a Shakira fan if I spoke better Spanish. Would I think this kind of thing trite in English? But then she started putting stuff out in English, and I decided she was OK. I do prefer her growly, lyric-heavy, or rock songs as opposed to the dance tracks.

I used to find weird the bleached hair she's been rocking since, oh, shortly after I first started listening to her. She looked good with dark hair. But I've had a long time to get used to her as a blonde.

Here's the title track to ¿Dónde están los ladrones?, which is roughly where I fell for her:

And this is "Poem to a Horse," one of my favorites of her songs with English lyrics:

I even watched The Voice because Chaki was on it. That show was kind of annoying.

(Hey, I should see if Judith Hill's released anything!)

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Jun. 2nd, 2011 06:38 pm
philippos42: Paul Rudd (pretty)

Now this sounds like old Shakira to me. I know she likes the goofy pop stuff, & I'm glad that not everything sounds just like this, but I'm glad she's still doing a little new stuff with that rough guitar & this singing style.



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