Oct 22, 201090Sale el Sol never once sounds disparate or overworked -- it's sunny and easy, its natural buoyancy disguising Shakira's range and skill -- but listen closely and it becomes apparent that nobody makes better pop records in the new millennium than she does.
2This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. She tried so hard to be a plastic popstar with Laundry Service in 2001, the Fixations in 2005 and She Wolf in 2009 that now that she wants to go back to her old self, she fails misserably and seems as fake as ever. She is trapped between the hottie hip-shaker bimbo and the latino pop-rock star she was in 1998. Plus, her voice is not at her best, thicker than ever and out of tune. You can see this in Tu Boca, DevociÃ³n, Addicted To You, Sale el Sol or Islands. Half of the album are cheesy songs full of merengue and reggaeton. Her vocals, for those who understand spanish, are shameful. Loca is maybe the worst of them all, but Rabiosa, Gordita and Addicted To You are not better. Nobody believes now that she can deliver a rock influenced song with dignity and she proves it in Tu Boca and DevociÃ³n. Itâ… Full Review »
10Sale el sol will be a back to basics album. I think that Shakira had released the album because of the negative reception of Loba in Latin America. I said this as an latin fan, Latin America wanted that she will be back to her roots like Pies descalzos, Â¿DÃ³nde estÃ¡n los ladrones? or FijaciÃ³n Oral Vol. 1 but this contains more merengue and reggaeton that latin pop rock, and that is too much.… Full Review »
10Significantly, this is not the best album by Shakira, as I'm a long-time fan of her and listened to her all albums, and this is by far one in the top 3 of her 9 albums. Here's the possible top 10 of her best works:
1. "Laundry Service/Servicio de LavanderÃa"
2. "Oral Fixation, Vol. 2"
3. "Sale El Sol"
4. "FijaciÃ³n Oral, Vol. 1"
5. "Â¿DÃ³nde EstÃ¡n los Ladrones?"
6. "She Wolf"
7. "Pies Descalzos"
9. "MTV Unplugged"
I love Shakira's music and this album proves that I'm right! Congrats!… Full Review »